The Western Kentucky women’s basketball team will face a greater test in Sunday’s second exhibition game against Glenville State.
Glenville shot 41 3-pointers last night in a 122-77 loss to No. 2 Duke and grabbed 25 offensive rebounds.
The Lady Tops started their season with an 87-49 exhibition win over Kentucky Wesleyan on Tuesday.
Coach Michelle Clark-Heard and sophomore guard Micah Jones talked with reporters today to take a look back at KWC and preview the Glenville State game. Here are their comments:
What did you see on the film from the Kentucky Wesleyan game? “I think the biggest thing is we’ve got to work on some defensive stuff – defensive transition, rebounding. I think we did a lot of good things, though. Being able to push the ball, getting some points in transition. But we’ve got to focus a lot defensively.”
Playing Glenville State: “It’s going to be a big, big challenge for us. They shot 41 3s in the game, and they grabbed 25 offensive rebounds over the No. 2 team in the nation. They run their system, five in and five out, they shoot a lot of 3s and get up and down the floor. We’ll have to communicate and guard, and we’ll have to rebound. It’s going to be a totally different game than what we played against Kentucky Wesleyan, and I think it’ll be good for us because if you all remember, that’s kind of how Troy plays.”
More on Glenville: “There’s going to be long rebounds, and they’re taught to go after the rebounds, so if we don’t box out, they’re going to get the rebound and try to kick it out. They’re going to get up their 3s. If that’s how they play, that’s how they play. The objective for us is to challenge shots and do the things we need to do.”
Continuing to find flow: “I think the continuity of the rotations and things will help out a lot. We’ve just got to continue to keep growing. I’m really excited. I think the girls were really excited.”
Play of freshman centers Ruta Savickaite and Bria Gaines: “Some people forget Ruta wasn’t here this summer. For where she’s at right now, we’re definitely pleasantly surprised and excited about her growth. With Bria, she’s coming along every day, conditioning-wise and getting in the flow of the game. Both of them, the more they play and the more they get minutes, the more they’ll get better and better.”
Play of JUCO guards Channel Lockhart and Jasmine Crawford: “The biggest thing was getting used to the flow of the game and being in front of a crowd. In junior college, you very seldom play in front of a packed house or more than 50 people sometimes. I think that was a difference. … I think they’ll be OK. They’ve been in the office, watching film and trying to get better, and that’s what it’s all about.”
MICAH JONES, sophomore guard
First exhibition game vs. KWC: “We haven’t really scrimmaged against anyone else, so that was really our first game to play with each other fully. It’s going to take time.”
Having more depth on this team: “I like it, because you can go 110 (percent) every time you get out there. You have a sub to come in, so you don’t have to save energy for the end of the game.”
Glenville State: “We mentioned it. I know they outrebounded Duke last night and shot a lot of 3s, so we’ll definitely have to come with a lot of energy and defend and go to the boards.”