A little more than a day after the Lady Toppers (4-10, 2-1 Sun Belt Conference) beat Louisiana-Lafayette 49-45 at home on Education Day, we met Thursday with coach Mary Taylor Cowles’ to discuss Saturday’s 1 p.m. home tilt against Troy.
The Trojans are off to a 1-12 start and will likely tack on another loss against Middle Tennessee tonight. But Cowles said WKU isn’t in any position to take anyone lightly.
Other topics included Keshia Mosley, Chastity Gooch and the Sun Belt as a whole. Here are some of Cowles’ comments:
On the win over ULL:
“We did get a win, and that’s awfully positive, but the way we went about it – we didn’t play exceptionally great. We were very sloppy with the basketball.”
“They’re a very balanced basketball team. Sword draws a lot of attention with her athleticism and quickness, but with the type of offense they run and the movement they make – on-ball screens, backdoor cuts, ability to shoot the 3 – we’ve got to be on our toes.”
On what’s needed of Mosley going forward:
“It’s big for our team for Keshia to be consistent, and she knows that. Keshia wants to provide that because she knows that makes us a better team.”
On having not won consecutive games this season:
“Our league has shown already this year that it’s very competitive, and it’s time for us to start playing more consistent. Without saying we need to put back-to-back wins together, our young ladies know this is the time in our season that we need to step up and start getting that done.”
On Gooch’s mini-slump:
“She just has to relax and play. She’s got to get out there and play and not think about it as much.”
On not overlooking Troy:
“On any given night, when you step out in our league, you can find yourself getting beat or in a position to win. This practice time is important to us to take advantage of the opportunity to make us better.”
“With the way our schedule’s been and the way things have turned out for us, I don’t think it’s ever a matter of this team overlooking another team. I just think our team is so much more mature and smarter than that. That’s never been a concern of mine.”