NASHVILLE --- With the 2018-19 Tennessee State women’s basketball season opener a little over a month away, the Lady Tigers are in full preparation mode.
After kicking off the first official practice on Sept. 28, head coach Jessica Kern is impressed with her team’s toughness.
She shared her thoughts on the team up to this point.
OVERALL THOUGHTS ON HOW PRACTICE IS GOING
“We are tough. We are tough as nails. I think at this part of the year every coach is probably talking about ongoing nagging little injuries so we’ve been very intentional about maximizing the time especially when we’re on the court but also maximizing the things off the court to recover.
We are getting some great production out of faces that you didn’t see last year on both ends of the court. But I’m not questioning our toughness this year which I think is going to assist us a lot.”
WHERE THE TEAM STANDS AT THIS POINT
“Going into our first scrimmage, I think we are about two weeks away from being fully healthy. Our trainers are doing a great job to make sure kids are getting back on the court and recovering pretty quickly.
I’m always a defensive emphasis king of coach, so what I would like to see is for us to turn it up a notch defensively. But one thing we can do is score the basketball and it’s always nice to have more points than the other guys.”
“Andreana Wrister played minimal minutes for us last year but she has clearly put in the work this summer and she has been a floor general for us. Lauren Elliott is really stepping up like an upperclassman should. In regards to freshmen, Annaliese Burnett is shooting the ball extremely well. Cebria Outlow is a new face… I don’t know too many people that can rebound with her on a regular basis.”
FOCUS OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS
“We will really be focusing on the nitpicky things, the execution, the angling on screens, the tough box outs, the minimizing of fouls and angles on pressing. We’re always going to be an up-the-line team. That’s never going to change. So when we’re scheming, especially defensively, I’ve put it towards my assistant coaches, that we have to make sure our angles are correct. Because if we don’t foul, then we stay on the floor and we have a big tank. That’s really want you want in February and we have to teach that early.”