At the start of the season, the pressure was on the Shawnee State womens basketball team. The Bears weren't even picked to win the AMC South Division, putting the team in a position it hadn't been in, in quite some time.
But with five games left in the conference, the tables have turned and now it is SSU which has put the pressure on the rest of the division.
The Bears are still unbeaten in the AMC South and inching ever closer to the division title. SSU's win over Rio Grande, coupled with Ohio Dominican's loss to Walsh on Tuesday, puts the Bears three games ahead. It's a situation that even the Bears never dreamed that they'd be in at this point in the season.
"We are putting pressure on everyone else because they're thinking that they have to win these games," Shawnee State coach Robin Hagen-Smith said. "We tell (the team) to go out there and pretend that we're fighting for our lives. If they have that attitude, it takes care of itself."
The Bears have certainly taken care of their opponents all season, going to 21-2 on the year after a 74-61 win over the Redwomen on Tuesday. The team hasn't lost since the end of December and much of that has to do with the attitude SSU has developed throughout its 10-game winning streak. That attitude had its its genesis at the beginning when the Bears were picked to finish the season behind ODU.
But as the Bears kept winning, that chip on the team's shoulder got bigger, and now is what drives them to try and do the unthinkable