Offense-challenged NCCU still seeks first win
The main idea in basketball is getting shots to go through a hoop.
The N.C. Central Lady Eagles haven’t won a game all season because they haven’t been able to do that so well, and Coppin State coach Derek Brown apparently had that highlighted in his scouting report.
Coppin State on Saturday beat NCCU 53-38, and Brown said he told his team to just play solid defense on the Lady Eagles without fouling them, because NCCU basically can’t shoot.
NCCU this season is shooting 27.2 percent from the field.
“It seems like there’s not a single leader out there that can take control of the offense and probably get you a bucket when a bucket’s really needed,” Brown said about NCCU. “They’ve got to make shots. They’ve got to have somebody that can put the ball in the basket.”
NCCU redshirt senior Chasidy Williams has been the squad’s most productive player and was averaging a team-leading 10.5 points per game before getting bumped out of the lineup with an ankle injury during a Dec. 19 matchup with UNC Greensboro.
Williams was back on the floor against Coppin State, wearing an ankle brace and scoring three points on 1 of 7 shooting.
NCCU coach Vanessa Taylor said she limited Williams’ minutes in order to ease her back into game shape.
Freshman Tisha Dixon registered her first collegiate double-double against Coppin State, scoring a team-high 10 points and grabbing a game-high 17 rebounds.
NCCU walk-on Kaylah Blount was perfect from the field against Coppin State, scoring six points to go with a rebound and a steal, and Taylor said that sort of effort from her is acceptable.
But NCCU needs more from more Lady Eagles, Taylor said.
This is Taylor’s first season with NCCU (0-18, 0-5 MEAC).
Brown said he told Taylor that things will turn around pretty quickly for NCCU when she infuses the program with her recruits.
“They’re coached extremely well,” Brown said about NCCU’s current roster. “Offensively, they run good sets. But the bottom line is you’ve got to put the ball in the basket.”