The Northwestern State women’s basketball season arrives with both uncertainty and excitement for what the 2019-20 season has in store.
On Tuesday the Lady Demons tip off the first of three straight home games to begin the season with several new faces to go along with a core group of returning and experienced talent.
NSU begins its season with LeTourneau from Division III’s American Southwest Conference. The game can be heard on “The Fox” 92.3 FM KEEP, through streaming audio at www.nsudemons.comor through the Northwestern State Athletics mobile app, which is available for download in the Apple Store or on Google Play. Tony Taglavore, in his 12th season, will handle the play-by-play call of the game.
Creating chaos on the floor is one of the main focuses of this year’s team and fourth-year head coach Jordan Dupuy. Although difficult to replicate in practice, Dupuy feels confident creating that on the floor will help his team excel, especially late in the game.
“What they have to do is recognize certain situations where they can create that chaos on the floor,” Dupuy said. “To have that freedom as a player, to me, is something that you look forward to. I will call certain things, but they have the freedom to play outside of that if they can take advantage of that opportunity.
“As a coach you know there are going to be some mistakes out of that, and you’ll give up some easy baskets but at the same time you hope the effects of that will wear some teams down. Decision making isn’t nearly as good when you’re sped up. We have to make sure we capitalize off those opportunities and I think we’re a better team when we’re doing those things.”
The first game of the season against LeTourneau is a prime opportunity for the Lady Demons to implement the things they’ve worked on in practice against a team not wearing the same color jersey.
The Lady Demons have fared well agasint the Yellow Jackets the past few years. In the game a year ago, NSU reached the century mark in points in the fifth largest margin of victory in program history, beating LeTourneau 100-40.
The Yellow Jackets only return a handful of players from that team with more new faces on their roster than the Lady Demons have, leaving the scouting of the team up in the air.
Regardless of who the opponent is starting the season, Dupuy is looking to see how his team responds in specific situations as they build on practice and move into a season routine. With a shortened non-conference season, they games mean that much more in preparing the team for league play.
“The pace that we want to play, whether it’s make or miss, after a defensive possession, that we’re pushing the ball up the floor and not settling for long shots,” Dupuy said. “The ability to create offense of our defense is going to be huge.
“Right now, I think the weakest area is out half court offensive execution. We need to be able to run our break, things we’ve worked on since day one. Also looking forward to throwing some different combinations in there and seeing who plays well with one another.”
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