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January 19, 2007

Given to Fly: This Sycamore women’s team needs to pick it up a notch

TERRE HAUTE — In Larry Bird’s autobiography, “Drive,” the former Sycamore great writes of current Terre Haute North coach Jim Jones, whom Bird credits for teaching him the fundamentals of basketball as he developed his game at Springs Valley High School. Bird mentions how the Celtics lost a couple key postseason games because a guy gave up an offensvie rebound off a free throw.

I’ve never seen Jones at an Indiana State women’s game. That’s probably not a coincidence.

When a team allows 10 offensive boards in a game and 14 second-chance points as ISU did against Missouri State last week and you feel like it did a pretty good job on the boards, that’s not a good sign. The Sycamores have lost several games because of rebounding alone. Last Thursday’s home loss had more to do with allowing the Bears too many open shots.

Bird wrote that you would find yourself on the bench next to Jones if you didn’t rebound. Indiana State coach Jim Wiedie followed that philosophy by benching Laura Rudolphi for the Missouri State game. Reserve Kara Schilli’s minutes will likely continue to decrease if she doesn’t start rebounding.

The rebounding is bound to get better, and the Sycamores are good enough in other areas that they don’t need to be the best rebounding team in the league as tonight’s opponent is.

This Indiana State team can beat you many other ways, starting with its offense that ranks No. 3 in the nation in scoring at 82.2 points-per-game. This year’s team is a better scoring team than last year’s because the Sycamores don’t depend too much on one player. The Sycamores have two post threats, three deadly long-range shooters and a point guard that pushes the tempo as well or better than Melanie Boeglin.

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