Lady Eagles learning the intricacies of new offense: 0-2 record at Casper Tournament has USU Eastern women looking to improve multiple areas including defense and free throw shooting
USU Eastern head women's basketball coach Dave Paur knows his team can score. And score in bunches. Against anybody.
But while he is confident that the new offense, a fast-paced quick shooting attack that emphasizes three-point shots, will work, Paur knows there is still plenty of work to be done in other areas.
"There's a learning curve with this new offense which I expected to happen," said Paur. "We've got to continue to work hard and have everyone on the team chip in."
The Lady Eagles dropped two games at a tournament in Casper, Wyo., including a 94-71 loss to Casper College on Nov. 14 and a 86-82 defeat to Northeastern Junior College on Nov. 15.
Against Casper College, Paur said the Lady Eagles shot just 10 of 20 from the free throw line and had 36 turnovers, the most by the team this season.
Bryanna Adams led the team with 15 points in the loss to Casper.
Paur said he is pleased that the team is averaging 85 points per game, but he realizes that the team's 30 percent field goal shooting needs to improve.
"We want to average 95 points per game," he said. "If we hit 14 or more three-pointers per game, I think we can beat anyone."
Paur said the team was leading Northeastern College going into the second half, but free throw and three-point shooting in the second half proved to be the difference.
Caroline Fisher and Larissa Quintana each finished with 14 points in the loss to Northeastern JC. Isabela Costa had a team-high 18 rebounds, including 13 offensive, in the game.
While the 2-5 record is not what the Lady Eagles wanted to start the season, Paur said his team has played tough competition in every game so far.
"We've got to stop fouling and we need to start converting more of our opportunities at the free throw line which has killed us this season," said Paur.
And to make matters worse, the Lady Eagles have had to play on the road for every game so far.
"The travel has been hard on the team so far," Paur said noting it's difficult to get teams to come to play in Price.
He and the Lady Eagles will get a chance to play on their home court this Saturday afternoon at the BDAC where they will play against a group of former players much like Impact Academy.