"Full Court Press" w/ Coach K
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Hello everyone... I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving.  After our ULM game, we took Wednesday and Thursday off to spend time with our families and eat some good Thanksgiving turkey.  We returned on Friday to start preparing for our Northwestern State game.  We were down to 9 players.  Sarah is still out with her back injury and Vashni tweaked her knee in our game against ULM.  Luckily, assistant coach, Jennifer Fontenot has been jumping in on five on five in practice so we are able to scrimmage each other.

Saturday, we had an early practice so the team could attend former women's basketball player, Natasha Dragnic's wedding.  We are all so proud of her and we wish Natasha and her husband all the best.

Sunday, we began going over Northwestern State's offense and press defense.  Fortunately, we run a very similar offense, so we were able to concentrate more on out-of-bounds plays and player tendencies.  We scrimmaged NSU earlier in the year, so we had a pretty good idea of what they were capable of as a team.  We had our last practice Monday night in the Fitness Center.  I felt like our intensity was good and the girls were ready to take on the Lady Demons Tuesday night.

Game day arrived and we boarded the bus for the 1 hour drive to Natchitoches, LA.  Our bus driver took the route right through campus.  Being a Northwestern State alum, it was fun for me to see all the growth taking place at NSU.  There was new construction on campus as well as many improvements to the athletic facilities.

Finally, it was tip-off time.  We started the game very well.  Megan hits some key shots for us, keeping the momentum our way.  Then NSU went on a run and we seemed to shut down.  We completely tossed our defensive fundamentals out the window and started rushing things on offense. We just couldn't find any rhythm and consistency to gain the momentum back in our favor.  NSU started 4 guards and 1 post, and we failed to capitalize in the paint.  We made mistakes in this game that I haven't seen us make all year.  We discussed before the game, it was time for us to put a complete game together.  We did just the opposite.  NSU came out fired up and ready to play. They capitalized on our mistakes and we needed to get stops on the defensive end and never did so.

We discussed in the locker room afterwards the importance of playing as a team and refocusing towards our upcoming conference games at Western Illinois and IUPUI.  After that, we headed back to the gym as fans to support our men's team.  Support is huge.  NSU had a gym full of supporters including students, faculty, and athletic administrative staff.  I was extremely upset about our performance, but I enjoyed going around shaking hands and giving hugs to my NSU family that supported me for 6 six years while I was there and still continues to do even though I'm now their opponent.

We will finally be back home, December 12th for our game against UL-Lafayette.  I look forward to seeing you all at the game.  Hope you enjoy this week's quotes to think about.

"The greatest discovery of the human mind is that a person can alter his altitude by altering his attitude."

 - Coach K