They are coming off a 60-58 loss on the road at Campbell. They will attempt to rebound Saturday afternoon at 1 when the North Florida Ospreys visit Allen Arena. The Ospreys hold a 7-1 series advantage over the Lady Bisons. The last time the two teams met the Lady Bisons fell 75-64 Jan. 16 in Jacksonville.
But the Ospreys, 6-15 overall, 3-9 in the conference, are 0-11 on the road this season. They lost at USC Upstate 65-59 in their last outing. The Lady Bisons are 4-19, 2-11 in the A-Sun.
“They jumped on us early down there,” Lady Bisons coach Frank Bennett said. “They were shooting something like 78 percent the first eight minutes of the game.
“They are pretty athletic. We have to rebound and keep them out of transition.”
The Ospreys are led by sophomore guard Brittany Kirkland with 14.4 points per game. Senior forward Arlande Cherizol leads in rebounds with 8.2 per game. She grabbed 17 rebounds against the Lady Bisons in the last game between the two teams.
“We have to do a good job of containing their guards,” Bennett said. “We have to keep their big players off the boards.”
Bennett is also expecting a strong defensive effort from North Florida.
“They may very well play a number of different defenses,” Bennett said. “They typically do.
“We have to recognize when they make changes. We have to execute our offense, take care of the ball and get the shots we want. It would be a nice thing for us to make a few shots.”
The Lady Bisons are led by junior guard Jenna Bartsokas with 12.2 points per game. Sophomore center Brittany Duerk is averaging 5.9 rebounds per game.
“In the last 10 days I can see clear improvement in our defensive technique and effort,” Bennett said. “I can see clear improvement in our pushing and moving the basketball.
“We are not always hitting the shots. But we are getting quality looks. We are seeing improvement here and there.”
Bartsokas is the only Lady Bisons player averaging in double figures, but several players have scored in double figures in games this season.
“We don’t have one go-to player,” Bennett said. “We have to do things by committee.”
In the loss to North Florida last month that is exactly how the Lady Bisons scored. Five different players finished in double figures led by sophomore guard Anna Bowers with 13, Bartsokas with 12, freshman forward Hannah Phillips and sophomore forward Chelsea Burroughs with 11 each and freshman center Chelsea McMeans with 10.
“Jenna has been our most consistent scorer,” Bennett said. “But Anna Bowers has started shooting the ball better.”