Blog: Full Court Press w/ Coach K
Monday, November 14, 2011
Hello all. Women's basketball has had a big week.  We prepared for our exhibition game against Southeastern Louisiana.  I felt like we did a good job focusing and preparing for the game.  Thursday's practice went well and then we followed it with some film and a scouting report of SLU.

Friday, we departed from the Gold Dome at 10:45 am and headed towards Hammond, LA.  We tried to pop in a DVD to watch for the ride, but we had technical difficulties.  Well, actually it was just the DVD that wouldn't work, but our SID, Allison McClain, insisted on using athletic tape to hold down the DVD player to keep it from shaking.  We attempted all sorts of things to fix the problem.  All we had to do was switch DVDs.  On the way we stopped in Lafayette for a pre-game meal at Subway.  When we loaded back on the bus, we noticed our bus driver had some random cowboy movie in.  So clearly the DVD player worked.  We finally switched movies and magically we were now able to watch a movie for the rest of the trip to Hammond.

We finally arrived at Southeastern.  The players knew to get on the court early since we just had a 4 ½ hour bus ride.  I felt like the team looked ready to go... a little nervous, but they looked focused for the game.  We started off the game great.  Our defense was clicking and we were getting good stops.  The nerves showed up on offense, but once we settled down, we fell into a rhythm.  At the half, we were down 13 to a very aggressive SLU team.  I mentioned in my previous blog that our transitions would be a key to us doing well.  Transition defense and poor decisions on our transition offense hurt us big time in the second half.  Southeastern had way too many easy lay-ups due to us not getting back on defense.  Overall, we played well for the first half and I feel like our nerves and youth showed in the second half.

Now we turn the page and continue to prepare for Northwestern State.  We play in Natchitoches tomorrow night at 7 pm.  This is a big game for us.  It's our official start to the season and it's a rival game for us.  Coach Huckabay and I are graduates of NSU and my former player, Ashley Jackson, is the Director of Basketball Operations at NSU now.  Its always fun for me to go back "home" to Prather Coliseum and compete.  It is family for Coach Huckabay and me.  It's sad that this could be the last time for a while that Northwestern State and Centenary play.  It's a simple 50 minute drive up/down I-49 for supporters and students to attend.  Hopefully that match-up can continue past this year.  I'll update you next week about our NSU game on Tuesday and our UT-Dallas game on Saturday.

Hope you like the quote.

"When you're part of a team, you stand up for your teammates.  Your loyalty is to them.  You protect them through good and bad, because they'd do the same for you."    - Yogi Berra