Cooper, a junior forward from Claude, helped the third-ranked Flying Queens to a pair of conference-opening home wins, 65-55 over Southwestern Christian and 77-68 over Mid-America Christian. She scored 23 points (two off her season-best) on 8-of-13 shooting (62 percent) against MACU when she also led the team with nine rebounds and seven assists to go with two blocks. Against Southwestern Christian, Cooper netted 13 points with six rebounds and five assists. She hit a combined 9-of-9 free throws.
Said Coach Jason Cooper after the MACU game: “Jenna played a tremendous all-around game. She is really locked in on the team’s success. When you lead the team in scoring that is a big deal, but Jenna also led us in rebounds and assists. That’s a testament to our unselfish team play.”
Spencer competed at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships on a slippery course at the Fort Vancouver National Historical Site in Washington. Spencer, a second-year freshman (due to COVID-19) from Lubbock, had what coach Brian Whitlock called “probably the best race of the day for our kids” as he placed 54th out of 333 runners with a time of 26 minutes, 12 seconds. Spencer improved 29 places from last year when he was 83rd.
“Alex flirted with that all-American spot (top 40),” Whitlock said. “He’ll continue to have a good career going forward. He’s a good guy to build a team around.”