NASHVILLE, Tenn. – With the first two weeks of practice for the 2014-15 women’s basketball season in the books, senior Sara Bliss is taking on the role of leader as she enters her final season as a Lady Bison.
“For me being a senior is weird,” Bliss said. “I don’t feel like I should be this old, but it’s my last season so I have this sense of urgency to go out there and try my best.”
As the only senior for the Lady Bisons, Bliss will provide the team with advice and instruction based on her experience playing at Lipscomb.
“That’s one thing we’ve lacked within our system,” Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown said. “We didn’t have anyone to look back in and teach. Now she has that senior sense of urgency.
“She sees the end of a career coming and that’s the way she’s approaching practice.”
As a key member of the team who is wrapping up her career, Brown believes it’s natural for the rest of the team to look up to Bliss.
“We talk a lot about leadership,” Brown said. “Leadership is simply influence. Sara is very influential.
“She likes to lead by actions. Her intensity and the efforts she brings in practice is certainly something we want modeled on upperclassmen.”
Bliss started in all 30 games played last year. She logged 925 minutes averaging 30.8 minutes per game. She collected 317 points averaging 10.6 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game.
Bliss is set to lead the Lady Bisons 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.
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