The goal following Northwestern State’s loss this past week was to continue working on itself and making improvements daily.
“We’ve got to get lost in the process and win tomorrow then win the next day and so on,” coach Jordan Dupuy said. “Our job is to get better every single day. If you’re getting better as an individual, then you’ve getting better as a team and the next game will take care of itself.”
On Monday the Lady Demons (2-1) have a chance to see where they stand in terms of those daily improvements as they play their first road contest of the season at UL-Monroe (0-3).
Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. in Fant-Ewing Coliseum and fans can hear the game live on 92.3 FM The Fox or via www.nsudemons.com.
The offense struggled against Jackson State less than a week ago. NSU made just 12 field goals in the game, shooting 19 percent on the night. Two bright spots from that night however were the free throw shooting and continued pressure and turnovers the Lady Demons forced.
NSU has caused at least 30 turnovers in each of the first three games this season, with the 31 against Jackson State being the lowest total of the year. The defense has clearly been there, it is just a matter of finding the offense and capitalizing on those turnovers that the Lady Demons hope to remedy beginning Monday.
Part of that antidote, according to Dupuy, is getting shots to go in early in the game, something he hopes happens on Monday night.
“We’ve spent a lot of time on half court execution,” Dupuy said. “Again, we are getting the shots we want, they just aren’t going in consistently. We’ve also worked some different combinations on the floor as well. Hopefully we will get off to a good start Monday to game some confidence early.”
The Lady Demons have plenty of options offensively, evidenced by a different top scorer in each of the first three games. Kira Bonner is the only player to have reached double figures in every game thus far but the ability for others like Jasmyn Johnson and Lacee Savage to put up good point totals has already been seen this season.
Bonner and Johnson lead the NSU offense, both averaging more than 10 points per game, with Gabby Bell and sixth-man Kalen Green right behind at 8.0 points per game.
The Warhawks are coming off a tough shooting night in their most recent loss to Southern Miss on Saturday where a 3-for-30 performance in the first half created a 29-9 deficit, too large for them to overcome. ULM averages 50.7 points per game with a pair of 42-point outings against Ole Miss and Southern Miss.
Guard Lauren Fitch leads their offensive attack at 16.3 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding at 6.0 per outing.
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