Women's basketball opens first practice of the season
Monday, October 6, 2014
Women's basketball opens first practice of the season

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Lipscomb women’s basketball team is ready to get the 2014-15 season rolling after beginning the first official day of practice Monday in McQuiddy Gym.

The Lady Bisons have undergone numerous sessions in the gym since beginning workouts in August. Now the team is ready to transform its preseason workouts into preparations for the upcoming season.

“What this does is gives us more opportunities to sustain what we’re doing and get more carryover,” said head women’s basketball coach Greg Brown. “Our energy, intensity, and effort has been good.

“We’re still working on communication, but they’re playing hard and you can tell they’re having fun. It’s exciting to know it’s a new phase of the season right now.”

The Lady Bisons are sporting a young team this year with only one senior along with the addition of five freshmen.

“We’ve talked a lot about the fact that we are a pretty young team,” Brown said. “But Sara Bliss brings a lot of leadership to us.

“We’ll do a lot by committing, but the great thing about our team is we need everyone to do what they can do. We are counting on all the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors to help Sara.”

Also returning for the Lady Bisons are forward Ashley Southern and guards Danay Fothergill and Chandler Cooper.

With the first day of practice in the books, the Purple and Gold looks to continue the progress it has already made with nearly a month left before the season.

“I feel we are progressing every day,” Brown said. “We haven’t peaked. There’s still room for improvement, but we’re starting to see steady growth. We’re also starting to see them catching their mistakes and starting to understand why they made those mistakes.

“We talk about looking versus seeing and different things like that. We’re starting to tighten things up. We’ve seen growth from back in June until now and we continue to look for that growth for the next month.”

The women’s basketball season is set to begin with a pair of exhibition matches against Freed Hardeman Thursday Oct. 30 and Berea College Friday Nov. 7 followed by the first game of the season Friday Nov. 14 against Georgia Southern.