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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team held the Atlantic Sun Conference Social Media Day Tuesday night. The evening was hosted by Jonathan Seamon as a discussion was held with head coach Greg Brown and sophomores Alex Banks and Kelli Smith.
The Lady Bisons opened full team practices on Sept. 16 and had an unconventional start.
“Coach (Don) Meyer and I were talking during the summer and he said to just watch them and they will tell you what you need to work on and what type of motion to run,” Brown said. “So our first team practice, I’m sure they thought we were going to do starts, stops and runs on the baseline.
“Instead, we put 40 minutes on the clock and let them play.”
As they went with the different approach, Brown said the coaching staff knew there would be mishaps.
“We knew there were going to be mistakes,” Brown said. “We want to make mistakes of commission and not omission. We want to be aggressive in what we are doing. It has been refreshing and fun to coach.”
Banks, a sophomore from Hendersonville, discussed the improvement the squad has been making.
“I feel that our team is getting better every practice,” Banks said. “Our team is clicking. With nine new players, it is cool to see how we are meshing together and getting better every single day.”
The Lady Bisons feature five true freshman with guard Maya Dillard and forwards Kelsey Gregory, Elise Spann, Faith LeGate and Brooklyn Apple. Lipscomb also welcomes Sara Bliss who played two years at Volunteer State Community College along with sophomore Ashley Southern, who sat out last season after transferring from Chattanooga.
Redshirt sophomore Danay Fothergill transferred from Western Kentucky over Christmas break last year and becomes eligible after finals are over for the fall semester. Lipscomb also has Florida transfer Chandler Cooper, who is awaiting the appeals process for eligibility.
Smith talked about her confidence coming into her second year with the squad.
“I came in struggling with confidence my freshman year,” Smith said. “I wasn’t ready to shoot the ball when I was open. This year, I feel I have a sense of leadership. I have more of a role to where I need to take that shot. I have pride in taking the shot."
As for the style of play, Brown said the intention is to be more up-tempo.
“The point is to get easy baskets,” Brown said. “The easiest basket you can get is a layup in transition. We get our posts to run to the rim. We try to spread the floor. Anyone we put on the floor at any given time can shoot the three.”
Brown then joked that ideally the plan is to make the three.
Seamon brought up the nonconference schedule, which includes a host of Ohio Valley Conference schools and playing three of the top teams from the Southeastern Conference.
“We go to Georgia and Kentucky,” Brown said. “Then we have a home and home with Tennessee. They will return the trip next year.
Brown served as an assistant coach to Pat Summitt in two final four runs.
“It will be exciting to go to Knoxville but will be strange to sit on the visitor’s bench and not the home bench,” said Brown.
Lipscomb tips off its season Monday with an exhibition game against Freed-Hardeman in Allen Arena at 6 p.m. A second tune-up contest against Fisk on Nov. 6 is at 4 p.m. in Allen Arena.
The regular season gets underway Nov. 10 with a home game against Morehead State. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m.