There were plenty of moral victories planted in Wichita State's season-opening loss to Arizona last Friday.
But head coach Jody Adams isn't one for accepting those, and she had to quickly stabilize a team in danger of suffering from a hangover after the overtime loss.
According to Adams, the Shockers have put the loss behind them and will take the floor at Southern Illinois-Edwardsville a better team than four days ago.
"You make them watch film with you and show them the breakdowns," Adams said. "I think we had to learn why we lost the game."
What Adams pointed out to the Shockers was their inattention to detail in the game's critical stages. WSU, however, can take something away from holding a 15-point, second-half lead over a Pac-10 opponent.
"It was definitely a learning experience," sophomore Jessica Diamond said. "We couldn't dwell on that game. We knew it was just little details that we didn't execute. We saw some positives on the film, so we're excited to get out on the road and work on the things we need to correct."
The following two practices, Adams made sure to stamp out any lingering effects from the loss.
"I think once it's over, it's done," said Chynna Turner, who missed two potentially game-winning free throws against Arizona. "You have to learn from it and move on."
Working Turner and the other posts more into the rotation will be a focus in tonight's game against SIU-Edwardsville. Against Arizona, five posts for WSU combined for 14 points on 13 shots.
"I think our posts need more touches inside and at the free-throw line," Adams said. "I think we need better ball reversal and defensively, we've got to be ready to defend from the three-point line."
In the season opener, the posts were in foul trouble for the majority of the game. But Adams was pleased with the aggressiveness.
"We will learn discipline through being aggressive," Adams said. "We'll get better with that."