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PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team (6-2) wrap up a two-game
road trip tonight (Dec. 11) inside Frost Arena in Brookings S.D. against South Dakota
State (6-4). The two teams will square off for the second straight season, with
tipoff slated for at 8 p.m.
NOTES: at South Dakota State
The Lady Lions bounced back from their 10-point loss to No. 5 Notre Dame with a
77-68 victory against Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on Sunday. Maggie Lucas
led the way with her sixth career 30-point effort, while Talia East (10), Ariel
Edwards (12) and Dara Taylor (12) all reached double figures, as well.
Something is going to have to give in this meeting, as Penn State is now 3-0
away from home this season, while South Dakota State is 4-0 at home. The Lady
Lions claimed a 60-50 decision at the Bryce Jordan Center last season in the
program only meeting.
What To Watch For - Penn State
Lucas Moving Up the Charts: Maggie
Lucas scored 30 points to lead all scorers and in the process moved into an
exclusive cast of Lady Lions. The senior netted her 2,000th career point at
Georgetown on Sunday with her sixth career 30-point effort and enters the
meeting with the Jackrabbits with 2,008 career points.
East is Moving North: Head coach
Coquese Washington said at her weekly press conference that senior Talia East
has "grown into her game." She went on to say that early in East's career she
may not have been as focused on herself as she was on what others were doing,
but claims that the senior has grown into her game this season. East is
averaging 7.4 points and is tied for first on the team with 6.8 rebounds per
Home for the Holidays: Penn State is
not looking past South Dakota State, but next up on the schedule will be a
three-game home stand that spans nearly three weeks. The Lady Lions will host
Texas A&M (12/15) and Alcorn State (12/22) before heading home for a quick
holiday break. They will then welcome Hartford to the Bryce Jordan Center on
Dec. 29 before hitting the road to begin 2014.
To Watch For - South Dakota State
Tough at Home: The Jackrabbits
are 28-4 at home since the 2011-12 season and are a perfect 4-0 at Frost Arena
in 2013-14. Two of South Dakota State's losses have come in close fashion,
losing an overtime game to Marquette and a one-point decision to IUPUI during
the 2012-13 season.
A Common Link: South Dakota State and
Penn State have met one common opponent in 2013-14. Both squads have faced off
with Georgetown - each walking away victorious. South Dakota State also got
their last victory over a top-25 opponent vs. a Big Ten team, defeating
then-No. 15 Nebraska, 60-55, at Frost Arena on Nov. 18, 2012.
Long Rangers: South Dakota State leads
the Summit League and ranks 42nd nationally in three pointers made per game
(7.4). Eleven of 13 Jackrabbits have hit at least one three-pointer this season
Junior Megan Waytashek ranks sixth in the
Summit League in three-pointers made (17) and senior Tara Heiser is second in
three-point percentage (.500).
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com
Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Maggie Lucas wasn't pleased with her performance
against No. 4 Notre Dame on Wednesday and put it behind her with ease in No.
10/11 Penn State's (6-2) 77-68 win at Georgetown (5-3) on Sunday.
The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year scored 30 points, shooting
10-for-21 from the field and 5-for-12 from downtown. The hot scoring night also
put Lucas in Penn State's exclusive 2,000-point club, becoming just the fifth
Lady Lion to do it.
Sunday was a drastic difference from her 1-for-8 night against the Fighting
Irish, but her coaches and teammates were far from surprised.
"We weren't too concerned (about Maggie)," said assistant coach Maren
Walseth. "She's a very focused player and knows what she needs to do to be
successful. Her and [assistant coach] Fred Chmiel were in the office watching
film and looking at the adjustments she needed to make and it paid off."
Lucas started off the game on an encouraging note, hitting two of her first
three shots, both of which came from long range, to get her confidence going from
the outset of the game.
The way Lucas came out firing Sunday was a positive for herself, but more
than likely even more important for the seven freshman Lady Lions to see their
senior leader respond well after a poor shooting night.
"It's good for the rest of the girls to see that you can have a bad game
and control your shot selection the next game and have 30 points," said
Walseth. "Her performance speaks more to her teammates and the younger players
than to our coaching staff."
After the loss to Notre Dame the focus for the mix of veteran and youthful
Lady Lions was executing the game plan laid out, no matter who the opponent may
With a lot of contributors early in their collegiate careers it's a little
different from last year when the game plan didn't have to be followed nearly verbatim
because of the experienced players on the floor. This year, Walseth says that
isn't the case.
"We have to execute the game plan and do what we are supposed to," she
said. "We can't freelance as much with young players. Executing the game plan
is much more important with young kids."
Having Lucas as her usual self - a reliable scoring threat - makes that easier
"Whether she likes it or not, everybody feeds off of Maggie," the seventh
year assistant said. "When she is playing relaxed, under control and confident,
her teammates pick it up. She was able to do that today and others were able to
pick [the intensity] up."
Three other Lady Lions were in double figures, supplementing Lucas'
30-point night. Dara Taylor and Ariel Edwards each chipped in 10 points, while
Talia East added 10 points vs. the Hoyas.
The added scoring is something Coquese Washington and the coaching staff has
been looking for all season long on a consistent basis. Lucas' scoring effort
certainly showed that if more focus is put on her, she has capable teammates to
make opponents pay.
"When Maggie can come back and fill her role [as a scoring threat] it makes
it easier for everyone else. They know what to expect and are able to execute
and fill their roles better when Maggie is scoring," Walseth said.
Penn State returns to the road Wednesday against South Dakota State before
welcoming 2010-11 NCAA Champion Texas A&M to the Bryce Jordan Center on
Sunday at 2 p.m.
PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team will hit the road for their
first true road contest of the season when they head to McDonough Arena in
Washington, D.C. on Sunday (Dec. 8) to face Georgetown at 2 p.m. The Lady Lions
will be facing the Hoyas for the second straight season.
GAME NOTES: at
The Lady Lions suffered another narrow loss to a top-five team on Wednesday,
when Notre Dame claimed a 77-67 victory at the Bryce Jordan Center, but you can
start to see a young supporting cast that is beginning to catch up with the
Penn State is 2-0 away from home this season,
winning the Junkanoo Jam with victories over Oregon State, 61-56, and Illinois
State, 72-60, on a neutral court in Freeport, Bahamas. Maggie Lucas was the
Junkanoo Jam MVP and Dara Taylor was also selected to the All-Tournament Team.
What To Watch For - Penn State
Lucas on the Rebound: Maggie
Lucas continues to lead the Lady Lions with 20.0 points per game, despite
netting just seven points vs. Notre Dame. It was the seniors lowest scoring
output since she tallied seven points on Jan. 22, 2012 vs. Iowa. However, the
senior did extend her streak of games with a three-point basket to 41 games
when she knocked down a three pointer late in the second half vs. Notre Dame.
The Rookies: Penn State knew it would
need contributions from their freshmen this season, but a pair of rookies have
stood out as major players on the court in the early going. Alex Harris and
Kaliyah Mitchell have both been big off the bench for head coach Coquese Washington.
Harris is averaging a team-best 7.3 rebounds per contest and swatting nine
shots in seven games. Mitchell ranks fifth on the team in scoring - 6.6 points
per game - and is a force on the glass with five rebounds per game.
Good After a Loss: Penn State has not
lost consecutive games since dropping back-to-back Big Ten contests during the
2011-12 season. At that time, Penn State lost at Ohio State, 89-67, before
falling to Purdue at home, 51-49. The Lady Lions have followed up a loss with a
win on 16 straight occasions.
To Watch For - Georgetown
Off to a Fast Start: The
Hoyas won the Great Alaskan shootout, defeating Nicholls State, 67-50, and host
Alaska-Anchorage, 92-78, and improved to 5-2 after defeating George Washington,
78-57, on Tuesday (Dec. 3) at McDonough Arena. The Hoyas started the season
1-2, dropping back-to-back games at South Dakota State and vs. Cal, before
winning four straight to enter today's contest.
The Butler Did It: Georgetown is led
by freshman center Natalie Butler, who enters the game averaging a
double-double, scoring 16.4 points per game and averaging 12.7 rebounds a
contest. She has added 12 blocks and 17 assists to her totals this season, as
Three Pronged Attack: Butler is not
the only scoring threat the Georgetown will put on the court today, as two
other Hoyas are putting up 10-plus points per game. Senior forward Andrea White
is second on the team with 14.1 points per game - shooting nearly 60 percent
from the field. Sophomore guard Katie McCormick is a three-point threat and
averages 12.6 points per game with 2.7 three pointers made per game.
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff
PARK, Pa. - If there's such a thing as a blessing in disguise, No. 10/11 Penn
State's two losses in the early stages of the 2013-14 season might fit that
billing come February and March.
The No. 1 Connecticut and No. 4/5 Notre Dame squads were on the schedule as
chances to garner resume-building wins, but the losses may build something even
more important: a complete and experienced Lady Lion team.
a 77-67 lost to the Fighting Irish, that's how head coach Coquese Washington
and three of her senior captains approached the two losses to a pair of the
are many reasons why, but the one that was on display most against Washington's
alma mater was her team's ability to play competitively for long stretches without
2013 Big Ten Player of the Year Maggie Lucas on the floor.
knows that Lucas' seven-point performance won't happen many more times during her
senior year, but what she didn't know was how her team would respond to not
having its best player on the floor.
against Notre Dame, they responded well.
Dara Taylor, Talia East and Ariel Edwards all were in double figures plus seven
points from Tori Waldner and five rebounds apiece via Kaliyah Mitchell and Alex
Harris. That's exactly what their head coach wanted to see.
into the game we talked to everybody about being aggressive and assertive,"
said Washington. "I thought from the beginning of the game Dara [Taylor], Ariel
[Edwards] and Talia [East[ were all assertive and aggressive. Kaliyah [Mitchell]
and Alex [Harris] both came off the bench and did good things for us."
was an important building block for those players since they did it without
Lucas on the floor and it is proof of their need to continually build toward
consistent balanced scoring before the conference season begins.
"When teams really key in on [Maggie] and make it difficult for
her, the rest of us have to step up and be aggressive," said Taylor. "We can't
be a one-person show. We have to help her out. Maggie can't carry us throughout
the whole season and I think in the second half we proved that we can pick her
up when we made our run."
Going back to the loss to Connecticut, Lucas thrived in the
second half getting Penn State within nine points of the Huskies after being
down by more than 18. She received help in that second half though, as Waldner
had seven points and East added six rebounds, most of which were very important
to their near comeback run.
Now, the Lady Lions know what they need to do to play a complete
and consistent game with seven, eight or nine different players since they
proved they could do it against a pair of the top five teams in the country.
"It's really encouraging," said Washington of the number of
players that contributed in the two losses. "I think that is one of the areas
that we need to get better at, which is developing some offensive rhythm and
consistency. Again, when we do that, we're going to be really strong."
Washington has said over the past three weeks that the season is
in fact a "work in progress" in the early stages, but confidence is building as
more players begin to contribute and her team knows that just 10 points
separate them from the top teams in the country.
"We're close. I think we just have to make some small adjustments,"
said East. "It's December. We're eight or 10 points away from the number one
team in the nation. We're right there and we're just going to keep building on
it and be a great team by March."
State heads to the road for a two game road trip against Georgetown and South
Dakota State before facing it's final ranked opponent of the non-conference
season No. 23 Texas A&M at home on Dec. 15.
By Tyler Feldman, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - Despite the 77-67 home loss to No. 4/5 Notre Dame last night as
part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, the game itself held a deeper meaning for
Penn State head coach Coquese Washington.
"Leading into this game I was really
emotional about it," said Washington. "For me personally, I just decided that I
was going to embrace and enjoy the moment."
only did Washington play for Notre Dame and head coach Muffet McGraw, but eventually
she returned to South Bend to join McGraw's coaching staff. In 2007, however, Washington
left the Fighting Irish and accepted the position as the head coach of the Lady
for the first time in her career, Washington was faced with the challenging
task of coaching against not only the university that means so much to her, but
also her former coach and mentor.
The mindset that Washington provided
for herself was almost identical to the memo she gave her team prior to battle.
The only difference, Washington made this game less about her and more about engaging
yet another talented top-ranked challenger.
"One of the things I always tell
them is to embrace and enjoy these moments," said Washington. "Embrace these
moments when you're playing a highly ranked opponent."
matchup against Notre Dame was the second home contest against a top-5 team
this season. Even though the Lady Lions fell short, as they did against No. 1
UConn earlier this season, Washington alluded to the fact that there are
several strong pieces on her team; it is just a matter of creating an identity,
continuing to mesh as a team and improving upon the fundamentals.
one, Talia East showed substantial fight underneath the basket, grabbing eight
rebounds and utilizing her arsenal of post moves to score 12 points.
even with Maggie Lucas being held in check by Notre Dame's stifling defense--just
7 points and 5 fouls--moving forward it is encouraging to know that the Lady
Lions can still score without their biggest offensive threat on the court.
"I definitely think one of our strengths this year is that we
have so many weapons," said senior guard Dara Taylor. "When teams really key in
on [Maggie] and make it difficult for her to score, the rest of us are able to
step up and be more aggressive."
fight that East and her teammates showed last night stems from a word that
resonates from their head coach: Passion.
Since arriving at Penn State, Washington has certainly instilled her own
passion for the game of basketball into her players.
"I'm passionate about my Notre Dame
family. I'm passionate about my Penn State family. I'm passionate about the
game of basketball," said Washington. "And to have all three of them at one
time, there is no way for me to walk away from this game and not feel good
about the blessing I just had."
Washington's arrival in Happy Valley, she has displayed the unique ability to
couple her courtside coaching knowledge with the capability of acquiring gifted
recruits. Such an impact has not gone unnoticed by her former coach and mentor.
"She's the best young coach in the
country," said McGraw. "She can take her institutional hat off, which a lot of
people can't do, and really think about what's good for women's basketball and
what we need to do to grow the game. When a couple people retire, I think she's
going to be the one that everyone looks to to lead this game into the future."
Washington it is humbling to hear those words from an individual who has had
such a significant impact on her life. Washington's time playing for, and
coaching alongside, McGraw has helped her develop the necessary mindset to be an
effective coach and build a desirable collegiate program.
Coaching against her former school
is not an easy task and for most, it is an uncommon occurrence. Washington
understands that fact, which is why she decided to enjoy the rarity rather than
get lost in the X's and O's.
"I just had a tremendous experience
that I don't know if I'll ever have again in my life," said Washington. "I
enjoyed it. I enjoyed that crowd. I enjoyed the competition. I enjoyed
everything about it. There are some lessons that our team will learn and use to
get better. That's what I decided to do and I enjoyed it."
Washington and her Lady Lions (5-2)
will look to apply those lessons to the hardwood when they travel to
Washington, D.C., on Sunday, Dec. 8 to take on the Georgetown Hoyas (5-2).
Tip-off is set for 2 p.m.
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By Tyler Feldman and Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writers
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - It was all fun in the sun for the Lady Lions over
Thanksgiving break as they flew south to Freeport, Bahamas, and won the
Junkanoo Jam in convincing fashion by beating Illinois State, 72-60, in the
That being said, Coquese Washington's squad has safely returned to Happy
Valley and is prepared to take on the undefeated Notre Dame tonight at 7:30
No. 11/10 Penn State has compiled a 3-1 home record this season - with
their only loss to No. 1 Connecticut - and will look to keep that trend going
as they host the No. 4/5 Fighting Irish. The Blue and White own an all-time
record of 5-0 against the Irish, including a 2-0 mark at home.
The last meeting between these two teams took place back on Nov. 16, 2006,
in the friendly confines of the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Lions handled Notre
Dame that night, earning a 75-49 victory thanks in large part to a 15-2 run to
start the game.
Interestingly enough, however, during the lopsided loss back in 2006, Washington
was on the Notre Dame coaching staff as the programs associate head coach under
current head coach Muffet McGraw. Just five months after that loss, she
accepted the head coaching position at Penn State.
What To Watch For - Penn State
1. Not only was Washington a former associate head coach at Notre Dame,
she was also a four-year starting point guard for the Fighting Irish. For the
first time in her career, she faces her alma mater, mentor and former coach,
Muffet McGraw. Look for both teams to play similar styles due to the fact that
McGraw has had such a lasting effect on Washington's basketball career.
2. The Lady Lions are coming off of a successful trip to the Bahamas where coach
Washington said they really came together as a team. With seven freshman
players, melding into a well-oiled machine has been an early season focus.
However, after swimming with the dolphins, and playing some good basketball, it
appears as though this Lady Lions team is headed for the fast lane.
3. The seniors came to play at the Junkanoo Jam and will look to carry that
momentum into their contest with Notre Dame. Dara Taylor, Talia East, Ariel
Edwards and Maggie Lucas logged the majority of minutes during in the Bahamas and
provided stiff defense and explosive offense. Lucas was chosen as the
tournament MVP by notching 42 points in two games and Dara Taylor was added to
the All-Tournament Team.
What To Watch For - Notre Dame
1. Notre Dame has six players that average 10 or more points per game
through the first six games of the season. The 2012-13 BIG EAST and USBWA
National Freshman of the Year, Jewell Loyd leads the Irish scoring attack
averaging 17.2 points. Kayla McBride, Taya Reimer, Lindsay Allen, Natalie
Achonwa and Michaela Mabrey round out the 10-plus scorers head coach Muffet
McGraw can rely on any given night. In Notre Dame's last outing against
Duquesne, McBride and Loyd led the way with 22 and 16 points respectively
2. Defensively for Notre Dame they have limited scoring by their opponents in a
very impressive fashion early in non-conference play. DePaul is the only team
to score more than 62 points on Notre Dame all season, but Notre Dame topped
the Blue Demons 92-76 on Nov. 26. Opponents are averaging just 58.2 points per
game against the Irish, who have kept three teams under 55 total points.
3. Ranked opponents haven't stifled McGraw's squad over the past two years, as Notre
Dame is 28-5 against ranked teams. However, four of their five losses have come
on the road or at neutral sites.
PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team will look to claim the
Junkanoo Jam for the second time when they take to the court at the St.
George's High School Gymnasium in Freeport, Bahamas on Friday afternoon.
GAME NOTES: Junkanoo
It has been nine days since Penn State last laced up the high tops for a
contest, defeating Bucknell, 92-49, but the Lady Lions will look to use the
break as a time to continue their growth as a team. With six freshman logging
quality minutes early in the season, head coach Coquese Washington's squad
continues to evolve as a group.
Penn State will open the Junkanoo Jam against
Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 29 at 3:15 p.m. EST and play either Florida or
Illinois State on Saturday, Nov. 30 at 11:30 a.m. EST or 1:45 p.m. EST.
What To Watch For - Penn State
1. The last time Penn State traveled to the Bahamas for the Junkanoo
Jam, the Lady Lions walked away with the title in 2003. That season, Penn State
defeated a pair of nationally ranked foes in No. 25 George Washington, 77-51, and
No. 9 Kansas State, 69-56. That season the Lady Lions went on to claim their
fifth Big Ten Regular Season Championship.
2. Maggie Lucas continues to move up the Penn State scoring charts, entering
this weekend with 1,929 points. She is just 67 points shy of moving past
Tanisha Wright into fifth place on the charts and can become just the fifth
player in Penn State history to score 2,000 points in a career with 71 points.
3. The younger players are starting to find their legs for the Lady Lions, with
three players registering career-highs in the scoring column vs. Bucknell.
Sophomore Candice Agee netted 16 points, freshman Kaliyah Mitchell tallied 14
and freshman Alex Harris dropped in eight points vs. the Bison. Rookie Jenny
DeGraaf scored her first basket in the blue and white vs. Bucknell, as well.
To Watch For - The Field
1. Oregon State enters the tournament at 4-0, largely thanks for the
fifth ranked in scoring offense in the NCAA (92.0 ppg). They are able to
control the boards, ranking second in rebound margin (+18.8) and are limiting
their opponents to the eighth lowest shooting percentage in the country (.299).
The Beavers are led by a balanced attack on offense with seven players
averaging at least eight points.
2. Illinois State has opened the season with a 0-3 record, but the scoring
tandem of Chloe Nelson (15.3 ppg) and Stekara Hall (10.3 ppg) have helped the
Redbirds stay close in their contests. Illinois State out rebounds the
opposition by over six boards per game, thanks to Octavia Crump's 8.0 rebounds
per game and Brianna Puni's 7.0 boards per contest.
3. Florida already has six games under their belts in 2013-14 and enters with a
4-2 record, with losses coming at Virginia Tech and at home against Florida
State. The Gators like to force turnovers, sitting plus-seven in turnover
margin, forcing 23.5 turnovers per game and only committing 16.8. Jaterra Bonds
is the top scorer on the squad with 16.5 points per game and is among the
leading rebounders with 5.8 boards.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -
'Tis the season for giving thanks, and Penn State Athletics would like to
take an opportunity to say thank you to the loyal fans on Thanksgiving.
As you sit down with family and friends to eat your traditional meal while the
Lions and Cowboys host their annual Thanksgiving day home games, Penn State
Athletics would like to thank you, the fans, for the unrivaled support you give
every team on campus. Penn State's teams
would not be the same without the greatest fans in college sports.
As a token of their appreciation, several student-athletes from teams on campus
would like to say thank you and Happy Thanksgiving for the support you give
them throughout the athletic season.
By Tyler Feldman, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - The one area that head coach Coquese Washington has repetitively
stressed as integral to the success of her team this season is the development
of her seven freshmen student-athletes.
more experience that they get playing, and start to feel comfortable and
confident, that is going to be good for us," said Washington.
State may have completed just its fourth game of the season, but thanks to the
dazzling play of two of Washington's freshmen, the Lady Lions had no problem
breezing past Bucknell, 92-49, in the friendly confines of the Bryce Jordan
Center Wednesday evening.
Kaliyah Mitchell and Alex Harris impacted the pace of the game substantially to
lead the Lady Lions in a lopsided home victory. The two first-year players
logged 20 minutes apiece; with each of them appearing more confident and more productive
as the game progressed.
more playing time they can get, and they can learn from their mistakes in
games, it's better for us overall, and it's going to be better for our growth
and development," said Washington. "Kaliyah and Alex have been getting better
and better as the season goes on. Their confidence is getting better. They're
naturally impact players and both of them have a knack for rebounding."
Harris, a 6-foot-3 forward out of Lorain, Ohio, her night ended with a near
double-double. She was a force to be reckoned with as she tallied eight points
by shooting a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor, while also corralling a
career-best 11 rebounds and adding two blocked shots.
[Harris] has a knack for blocking shots," said Washington. "I don't even know
how she does it. She just taps it. It's barely a block, so I don't even know
what you call that. She just has a knack for being around the ball and making
The Lady Lions were able to contain the ball and contest shots consistently due
to the play of Harris, whose size was a clear advantage against the Bucknell
squad. Not only did Penn State out-rebound the Bison, 56-32, but Washington's
squad also managed to hold their opponent's field goal percentage to a season-low
that being said, the Lady Lions were not just strong on the defensive end. Because
of the energized play of 6-foot-2 freshman Kaliyah Mitchell, the Blue and White
were extremely active on the offensive end, swinging crisp passes along the
perimeter to create open shots and opportunities down on the low post.
The forward/guard from Stone Mountain, Ga. scored a career-best 14 points,
while managing to dish out eight assists, too.
"[Kaliyah] is a hustle player; a blue collar player," said Washington. "She
brings her lunch pail to work with her everyday, and she does all of the
non-glamorous stuff--diving on the floor and deflections. She just has a knack
for being around the ball. She contorts her body and makes tough baskets when
she drives. She does those things in practice, so I'm not surprised when she
does them in games."
After the game, Washington alluded to the fact that each game the freshmen
players are progressing and learning to play at the pace she would like to see.
With the focus of the team being to get better everyday, for the freshmen,
logging minutes and gaining game experience is critical to their development.
"Every game I see a little bit more progress," said Washington. "For us, the
focus is just getting better everyday, so that we are playing our best
basketball at the end of the year. If we can do that, I like the team that we
Penn State now does not play again until Nov. 29, when the team heads down to
the Bahamas during Thanksgiving break to take part in the Junkanoo Jam, both
Harris and Mitchell will have to find ways to maintain their confidence on the hardwood.
Luckily for them, Washington plans to scrimmage in practice all week to help keep
the freshmen confident and in sync with the system.
Though practice can't always simulate real game speed and a trip to the Bahamas
may seem like a vacation to some, Washington joked with the media following
Wednesday's contest and, in part, made her team aware of what she expected in the
week to come.
"They may think this will be a little bit of a vacation," said Washington, "but
they haven't seen the itinerary yet."