There was the usual Sunday breakfast and worship service followed by a scouting report, but practice had a less than pleasant surprise with the players running 18 sprints in various ways to remind them of the 18-rebound deficit Saturday in a 95-64 loss at ETSU.
The Lady Bisons also had their schedule disrupted due to bus problems at various times of the day.
“We didn’t have a lot of time to work on a couple of things they are doing that are a little different,” Bennett said. “USC Upstate has pretty good depth and pretty good athleticism as well.”
The Lady Bisons will be on CSS regional television as the Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Game of the Week Monday night at 6 when they face USC Upstate at the Hodge Center.
The Lady Bisons are 7-11 overall, 4-5 in the A-Sun. They have lost their last four games. USC Upstate is 9-8 overall, 5-3 in the conference. USC Upstate used a strong defensive effort to beat Belmont 69-51 Saturday.
“Their post player Chelsea McMillan is the preseason conference player of the year,” Bennett said. “She can make 3-pointers. She is a very powerful low post player. She has had some games where she has gone over 30 points. We have to make sure she doesn’t do that.”
McMillan is averaging 16.4 points and 11.2 rebounds and leads the A-Sun in both categories.
Point guard Tee’Ara Copney is also a dangerous player averaging 14.2 points per game.
“She is an all-conference quality player with 23 points against Belmont,” Bennett said. “She shoots the three-ball well, but she is a very good player off of the drive. She is a good all-around player.”
The Lady Bisons are led by guards Jenna Bartsokas with 15.5 points per game and Anna Bowers with 13.6.
Forward Brittany Duerk leads in rebounds with 5.7.
Bennett has been working with his team on shot selection. Despite the outcome at ETSU Bennett thought his players were making improvements in that area.
“I felt like we got good shots,” Bennett said. “We had some layups, open outside shots and some open threes. We have to knock those down.
“We have put it on them to shoot with confidence and finish with confidence. In looking at our shot selection we charted it where four is a layup, three is an open shot for a good shooter, two is a fair shot, one is a poor shot and zero is for a turnover. We had a lot of fours and threes.”
USC Upstate leads the series 4-2, including a sweep of both games last season.
The Lady Bisons will play the first of three straight home games starting Thursday night when Belmont visits Allen Arena for the women’s version of the “Battle of the Boulevard”.
Written by Mark McGee, Senior Publisher/Director of Media Relations.