QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -- The Quincy University women's basketball team was an after thought some six weeks ago.
A loss to little known, and largely unsuccessful, Harris Stowe from the NAIA ranks left the Lady Hawks with only one victory in their first seven games.
But ever since Jeni Garber's group has won five straight games including a 4-0 start in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the first time in eight seasons.
From becoming more cohesive as a group and lowering their turnover totals the Lady Hawks are doing what it takes to win despite a ragged start.
"It's all about the confidence," Garber explained.
"They've just been playing really hard and understanding what to do on the court. They are really playing well together."
QU junior guard and reigning GLVC Player of the Week Lucy Cramsey says the surge comes down to a sense of getting to know one another better.
"Chemistry is the main thing. (We are) just having fun and playing together," Cramsey detailed.
"Basically we knew what we had to do over (Christmas) break, we had a good break for all of us just to contemplate what we've been doing wrong. We came back just excited to play together."
Next up for QU might just be its biggest road test as both the Lady Hawks and Hawks visit Missouri S&T on Thursday night before paying a visit to Drury on Saturday. The women are back home Monday night to face Illinois-Springfield.
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