Brand new style of basketball

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Brand new style of basketball

Postby gmartin » Wed Oct 31, 2018 5:17 pm

By Thomas Schmeltz, Sentinel-Tribune Sports Editor

No transition is easy, and it won’t be for Bowling Green State University’s women’s basketball team.

The Falcons open their season Nov. 6 at Michigan State under new head coach Robyn Fralick and it could be the beginning to a season that will be chocked full of learning and adaptation.

Little will be the same as it had been previously under former head coach Jennifer Roos and even under her predecessor Curt Miller.

Bowling Green will play an entirely different style and it’ll do so with limited returning experience.

“It’s going to take time. You get used to what you’re used to and it’s a different style of play. But I’m proud of them for investing in their effort. Every day it’s looking better,” Fralick said.

“I want to see them transform. That can be hard short term to see, but long term it’s very visible. It can be tangible long term.”

Bowling Green returns two full-time starters from a year ago in senior guard Sydney Lambert and junior guard/forward Andrea Cecil. Lambert started all 30 games last season and Cecil started 24 games.

Also returning with starting experience is junior center Jane Uecker, who started 13 games; sophomore center Angela Perry, who started nine games; redshirt sophomore center Clare Glowniak, who started eight games; and junior guard Caterrion Thompson, who started six games.

The Falcons graduated guard Haley Puk, a 30-game starter last season, and guard Carly Santoro elected to use her graduate transfer option to head to Ohio State for her senior year. She was the Falcons’ only double-digit scorer last season at 12.8 points per game while also making 30 starts.

Bowling Green was 11-19 last season and 3-15 in the Mid-American Conference. The immediate future may not provide many more wins, but Fralick has been pleased with the progress her team has shown so far in terms of a long-term vision.

The first-year coach, who was hired away from Ashland after going 104-3 in three seasons with the Eagles, is putting an emphasis on team growth off the court and individual growth on the court.

“Not only have we been working on the court, we’ve also been working off the court. Just getting to know each other better and caring about each other and doing more stuff together has translated to on the court,” said Lambert, who averaged 9.9 ppg last season.

“I genuinely believe that to fight for each other on the court you have to know each other off the court in a meaningful way. It’s been fun watching them invest in that,” Fralick said.

Bowling Green will look nothing like it had in the previous decade-plus. The Falcons will be up-tempo and pressure heavily defensively. Conditioning will be one of the biggest factors during the upcoming season, along with the ability to use multiple players off the bench.

“Getting up and down is just putting in effort and heart. It doesn’t really take a skill to be able to run up and down the court. It just takes heart,” Lambert said.

“We definitely have to be in shape and we’re working on that. We’re getting up and defending a lot more aggressively and pushing the ball in transition is something that we’re really emphasizing this year.”

The Falcons have four freshmen on the roster, and redshirt sophomore Alyssa Dean, a transfer from Memphis, will be eligible when the spring semester of classes begin. She transferred to Bowling Green in January of last season.

Fralick noted that the older players that have been in the program prior to her arrival have embraced the changes made.

“It’s evolving. It’s really new for them. But it’s getting better and their fitness levels have gotten better,” Fralick said.

“We’ve talked a lot about consistency and putting together consecutive practices and putting together consecutive possessions in games. We’ve seen that grow. So, we’re keeping a close eye on the consistency. When consistency becomes and every day thing, growth absolutely becomes part of it.”
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