Friday, December 11, 2009

Marsh vocal about team's struggles

by Barca Blog

The 18th-ranked Vanderbilt women's basketball team barely escaped Hamden, Conn., with a last-second 75-74 victory over Quinnipiac last night.

It was another sign of the Commodores' struggles since starting forward Jordan Coleman went down with a season-ending knee injury at Wright State on December 2.

Last Friday, the 'Dores lost a nonconference home game (a rarity) to Bowling Green (and trailed by 18 at one point in that game), and then eked out an overtime win over Western Kentucky Sunday.

Senior leader Merideth Marsh voiced her displeasure with the team's play of late following the win over the Bobcats.

"We've got to figure out something that works for us," Marsh told Graham Hays of "I mean, we are, right now, struggling to coach kids because no one is listening, no one is willing to work hard, and it all starts in practice. We're young, and no one thinks a lot of us and we're struggling to get people to realize that we have to have everyone on the team, from one to 13, play in every game. Tonight, people got in foul trouble and a lot of people from our bench had to play and just people aren't ready. But it all starts in practice, and our practices aren't good."

The Commodores (9-1) will have time to go back to the drawing board with a 10-day break from their game schedule due to final exams. And if anyone knows how to put the pieces back together, it's head coach Melanie Balcomb.

Click here to read Hays' article.

Photo courtesy of Tim G. Zechar / Icon SMI

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