By ANNA PITINGOLO, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - With the season in full swing, the Lady Lions are getting used to all that it comes with. And right now, that means playing multiple games in a row with a quick turnaround between each.
Penn State will be back in the Bryce Jordan Center on Wednesday to take on the Akron Zips for their third game in six days. With such a short rest period between games, head coach Coquese Washington was happy that her team was able to keep up their performance throughout the weekend, and she hopes that continues.
"I liked the way we bounced back. With the quick turnaround, there's not a lot of time to get in the gym and really get after it from a physical standpoint," Washington said. "So really just focusing in and talking through some things and having more of a 'mental' practice and then just being able to make those adjustments without really going through a lot on the court, I was pleased [last weekend]."
Despite the fast shift from game to game, the Lady Lions were able to follow up Friday's loss at Drexel with a 56-point pounding of Saint Peter's on Sunday. Now, with such a dominant win fresh in their minds, Washington keeps her team focused by continuing to work on their game plan.
"We talk about the areas that we did well in but we also talk about some areas of growth that we have to have," Washington said. "So that's always our focus, it's 'how can we get better, what areas of the game do we need to smooth out and make sure we're paying attention to.' I think when we have that kind of focus, that it's not hard at all to get back in the gym and work on getting better for the next game."
Redshirt freshman Amari Carter is on the same page as her coach and she and her teammates have already put the weekend games behind them as they turn their attention to the Zips.
"It's like every other game. That was a game on Sunday so now we have to focus on Wednesday," Carter said. "We can't keep dwelling on the past, just like we couldn't dwell on the loss from Friday on Sunday. So we just try to keep moving forward and work on progressing."
After watching film from the weekend matchups, Washington saw a lot of positives from her team. But with it still being so early in the season, she knows that this team has so much potential that it's still trying to reach.
"There's certainly some room for growth. I'd like us to be a little bit more attuned to executing all the fine details defensively," Washington said. "I thought there were a couple possessions where there's a little bit of slippage from what we talked about doing and planned to do going into the game, so I'd like to see that be a little bit better."
Guard Lindsey Spann is looking at perfecting the details of the team's defensive play going forward. And with Akron having success behind the arc so far this season, Spann is hoping the Lady Lions can improve their execution.
"We just definitely need to stay focused on defense the entire game, and not really take those mental lapses but just stay focused on defense and communicate and do the things we've been practicing," said the redshirt junior.
Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday and all the action can be heard on the Penn State Radio Network.