Lady Demons look to continue building vs. LSUS

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NATCHITOCHES, La (NSU) – Even though Northwestern State wasn’t able to knock off Texas Tech this past Friday in Lubbock, fourth-year head coach Jordan Dupuy saw plenty of good things from his team.

“There were spots where we saw what we can really be when we put it all together,” Dupuy said. “There were times where we were good on both ends of the floor. I think we played very physical, but we have to finish plays, especially on the glass.

“A lot of positive things, we just have to make sure we don’t dig ourselves that type of hole and realize that when we implement a game plan, we can play with a team like that.”

The Lady Demons (2-3) look to build on those positive as they head into a more spread out schedule with just two games over the next two weeks beginning with LSU-Shreveport on Wednesday.

Tip-off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. inside Prather Coliseum on Thanksgiving Eve. Live coverage of the game is available through www.nsudemons.com.

With the positives that the Lady Demons gleaned from the Texas Tech game, one glaring issue this season has been the shooting production of the team. Over the past three games the Lady Demons are shooting 25 percent from the field and just 32 percent for the season.

According to Dupuy, it’s not taking bad shots that has accounted for the poor performance it has been a mental block for the shooters.

“There is no way that I thought we would shoot this poorly this early,” Dupuy said. “I thought we had a lot of shooters on the floor and people that can create off the bounce and get to the rim. We just haven’t shot it well.

“We’ve got people that are in the gym every day getting extra work with their coaches so it’s not about getting their reps. It’s a mental thing right now. Against Texas Tech I only considered three of our 63 shots bad shots. We just have to be better with our confidence and know that if I’m a shooter the next one is going in.”

NSU had its second-best shooting night against Texas Tech and look to combine that momentum with the their more physical play as they take on an athletic LSU-Shreveport team.

The Lady Pilots (4-2) enter the game after a 76-39 dismantling of Louisiana College where star transfer DeAuja Thompson and first-team all-conference forward Fu’Tra Banks each turned in double-doubles.

Banks paces the Lady Pilots with an 18.2 point per game average and is second on the team in rebounding. Thompson averages nearly a double-double on the season with 15.7 points and 9.0 rebounds to her nightly line.

“They’re very athletic,” Dupuy said. “They’ve had a couple transfers come in that have given them some length and some skill. They’ll do some things defensively to try and keep you off balance. They’ve got a new coach and new culture so it’s going to be a tough game and we’ve got to come in ready to play.”

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