The Wichita State women's basketball team is coming up on a three-game stretch of home games as its non-conference schedule winds down.
It would seem like a crucial stretch for a young team like the Shockers (4-3), but coach Jody Adams can't afford to look ahead that far.
Wichita State kicks off the homestand this afternoon at Koch Arena with its annual School House Rocks game against Savannah State.
"I look at stretches in a different way," Adams said. "I look at stretches as in drill by drill and practice by practice. I can't look beyond that. That's just where we are right now. I really have to simplify things with this group."
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That's nothing new. In terms of experience, WSU is still one of the greenest teams in the nation. Junior Haleigh Lankster is the only player with the Shockers who has more than one season of Division I experience.
"The thing that we've been working on in practice is our mental toughness," Adams said. "And that's just doing the little things... communication, jumping to the pass, making contact on box-outs, just understanding all the details in the game that need to be put together.
"Consistency is one of those things you see young teams struggle with and that's what we strive for each and every day."
WSU looked brilliant for 35 minutes against Arizona, before eventually losing the season-opener in overtime. Then came frustrating losses away from home to Wyoming and South Dakota.
"We lost those games because we did not execute," Adams said. "It wasn't because of what Wyoming or South Dakota did to us. If we can continue to execute the details, then this group will grow and blossom into what they should be."
Adams doesn't seem to mind the erratic play as much because of the talent stocked on the roster. She can see the potential in the group. It's just a matter of finding the right way to expedite the learning process.
"We have a group of talented players that have lived off their talent at the high school level," Adams said. "They haven't really had to discipline themselves or their shots, their stance, their footwork. Now they're at another level and they have to become disciplined."