Blog: Full Court Press w/ Coach K
Monday, January 9, 2012
Hello everyone.  We've had an exciting week in women's basketball.  After our Lamar game, we took two days off to rest enjoy the New Yew with family and friends.  After the break, we were back to work on Monday to prepare for Sul Ross.  We really focused on making better decisions in our offensive transition breaks.  I thought we improved on our spacing in transitions as well as our shot selection on breaks.  We also had to adjust the line up a bit.  One of our starting post players, Tan, is out for the year, so we have to play a much smaller line up at times.

Game day finally arrived.  We had a shoot-around Thursday morning to wake the players up and review one last time our Sul Ross scouting report.  Tip off time for the game was 5:30 pm.  The players were excited and looked ready to go.  We started off the game very well.  At the half we were up by 20.  The second half we wanted to keep the momentum going and not let Sul Ross back in the game.  We started off the half a little slow, but fortunately picked up the pace and did well. This was a fun game for our team.  Everyone got to play and everyone scored.  It was truly a team effort.  And on an extremely positive note, we not only won the game, but the rebounding battle too. 

Friday, we had practice to prepare for our game against Howard Payne on Saturday.  It definitely wasn't one of our best practices.  Knowing the type of team HPU is I was worried about that low intensity level being carried over into Saturday's game.

After practice on Friday we went to Magnolia Manor to play bingo with the residents.  This is our 2nd year in a row doing this and we absolutely have a blast when we go.  This year the big winners from the team were Jalena and Megan.

Finally Saturday had arrived and it was game time.  The game was back and forth for much of the 1st half.  We were struggling to knock down shots, but we were playing defense well and grabbling boards.  We were down by 10 at the half due to us making some careless turnovers.  The second half we continued to battle.  We found ourselves down by 17 at one point and we continued to push.  We got it back within 9 and then ended up losing the game by 11 even with shooting only 27.7% for the game.  This was a key game for our program.  HPU is a ranked DIII team and we battled the entire game.  When we were down we continued to play our game and stay focused.  Overall I was proud of how the players played and if we continue that level of team play, we'll have an exciting season.

Our next home game is this Thursday against Mississippi College.  Hope to see you at the Gold Dome!

Hope you enjoy the quote for the week.

"Whether adversity is a stumbling block, discipline, or blessing depends altogether on the use made of it."