The Arkansas-Pine Bluff women’s basketball team continues its treacherous nonconference schedule when it faces Big Ten conference opponent Iowa at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
“From what I hear, they have a good high powered offense,” UAPB head coach Nate Kilbert said. “They are known for having good three-point shooters and they like to push the ball up the floor.”
Iowa junior guard Samantha Logic was named the Big Ten Player of the Week for her efforts in Iowa’s wins against UC Riverside and No. 14 Dayton last week.
Logic was named the Hawkeye Challenge tournament MVP after averaging 22 points, 9.5 assists, six rebounds and three steals, leading Iowa (2-0) to the tournament title.
“She is going to get her points but our goal is to limit her touches and keep other folks from having a big game,” Kilbert said.
UAPB is coming off a 96-44 lost to Marquette on Monday.
Marquette shot 55 percent (21 of 38) from the floor in the first half and jumped out to a 12-0 lead as they handed UAPB (1-1) its first loss of the season.
“I saw a lot of improvement, especially on the offense end, especially after the game against Philander,” Kilbert said. “We did a good job of getting to the basket but we shot our free throws poorly so I was really disappointed in that area.”
The Lady Lions were 7-of-26 from the charity stripe.
“We got to the basket a lot, we just couldn’t convert our free throws,” Kilbert said.
Five Marquette players scored double digits, including Ariesia Morse who scored a game-high 19 points on 6-of-12 shooting including three three-pointers. Katherine Ploufee had 18 points with 13 rebounds on just 4-of-10 shooting and 10-of-11 at the free throw line.
“They were just too tall, too strong and we didn’t do a good job of cutting them off,” Kilbert said.
Christina Lasane, Cassidy Wright and Carlisha Walker all scored nine points for the Lady Lions. Kilbert said they could have finished in the double digits if they had made some of their free throws.
“These are the girls we normally want at the line,” Kilbert said. “Everybody got to the line, we just had a bad night.”
Lasane was 2-of-8 from the free throw line and Wright was 2-for-5. Walker was 1-for-3 from the charity stripe.
Free throws were also a problem in the season opener against Philander Smith as the Lady Lions made 8-of-15 in the 15-point win over the Lady Panthers on Nov. 8 at H.O. Clemmons Arena.
“We shoot them pretty well in practice but games are completely different,” Kilbert said. “In my opinion, free throws come down to three things — technique, concentration and confidence.
“After watching the film today, I think the technique was pretty good for most of them. They need to have more confidence when they are at the line.”
Including Wednesday night’s game against Iowa, UAPB has five more road games before they return to Pine Bluff to host Talladega College on Dec. 17. In that span, the Lady Lions will face Xavier, Nebraska and Texas Tech.
“We are trying to do us and correct what we are doing,” Kilbert said. “We are working on UAPB right now and do what we do on offense and defense.”