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11/14/2013 | Nashville, Tenn. - Allen Arena | Attendance: 593
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If a picture is worth a thousand words then maybe watching individualized videos will be worth a few more points and rebounds to the Lipscomb Lady Bisons basketball team.
Playing the third game in five days on Thursday night at 5:15 p.m. when Belmont makes the short trip to Allen Arena for the women’s version of the “Battle of the Boulevard” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown is using video cuts to help individual players refine their games.
“They need to be able to see themselves on tape,” Brown said. “They need to see what we see as coaches. You never know when the light bulb is going to click for them.
“We had a couple of players in to watch tape today. They say, `wow, I didn’t realize A, B and C’ even though we were telling them. It is not like they don’t believe us. It is like anything else. It doesn’t sink in until they actually see themselves doing it or what speed they were doing it.”
One of the biggest advantages for the Lady Bisons is the willingness to learn.
“They come in wanting to see tape,” Brown said. “They come in wanting to get better. We can help them with that.
“It is not moving as fast as any of us want. We need a lot of positive energy around them. They need to be positive about themselves. They need to understand that even when we are correcting them we are being positive.”
Brown points out that he and his staff are dealing with players who know how to play the game and have the high school credentials to back up their skills. But even though they have accomplished a great deal they realize that Division I basketball is a different world with often monumental challenges.
“We’re talking about kids who are region players of the year, all-state players and state champions,” Brown said. “They have been very successful at what they have done but so has everybody else they are playing now.
“They see the window of opportunity, but they don’t understand how quickly that window closes and the curtains shut. It moves very quickly. That is part of the pace of the game and a learning curve they have to pick up on. The only way to get that is to play some games.”
Brown isn’t surprised that his players, even those with the most impressive of credentials, have a desire to continue to refine their play on the court.
“We were very intentional in recruiting those types of kids,” Brown said. “We knew we were recruiting kids who wanted to get better and wanted to push each other.
“That is part of the recruiting package. We always talk about basketball I.Q. but a lot of it is do I want to learn or do I think I know it all. Those are two different kids.”
Brown thinks the quick series of games has been helpful for his players after losing 82-77 in overtime Sunday at home against Morehead State and 70-54 at UAB Tuesday night.
“It immediately gets them to respond and think about something else,” Brown said. “If we had a week between games a coach would love it, but our players want to play games.
“We have their attention right now. We did a lot of things really well against UAB.”
Forward Ashley Southern is averaging 21 points and an NCAA best16 rebounds with two double-doubles to start the season for the Purple and Gold.
The Lady Bisons (0-2) have lost the last four meetings with Belmont, who is 1-1 with a win over Mercer and a loss to IUPUI.
Jordyn Luffman leads the Bruins with 14.5 points per game. Frankie Joubran is the top rebounder with an average of eight per game.
“We know it is Belmont,” Brown said. “Four of them have played high school ball together. They are aware of the rivalry. That is what makes it fun.
“But once the ball goes up in the air it is another team and another jersey. Belmont has size. They have athletic kids. They have kids who can score. I think it is a pretty good blend of what we saw against Morehead with the skill level and some of the athleticism from UAB. It will be a good way for us to put two pieces together.”
The game is set to air on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app with Justin Seamon and Brittany Jackson on the call. The contest will also be broadcast on http://www.LuminationNetwork.com