The biggest problem this season for the Arkansas-Pine Bluff women’s basketball team has been its inconsistency.
“We have been looking for consistency all year,” UAPB assistant coach Danny Evans said. “If we could just get everybody to play on a given night.
“… If we could just play consistently and get everybody show up on the same night, I think it is no doubt (we could be successful).”
The problem, however, is UAPB (3-24, 2-15 SWAC) has yet to find a consistent scorer who can average double digits every night.
“You don’t have to have no explosive game,” Evans said. “Just 12, 10 or nine points. Somewhere in there and be consistent with it.”
Senior Christina Lasane averages 11.1 points per game — to lead the team — but there was a stretch of three games near the end of February where she didn’t even reach double digits. She scored a season-high 28 points against Alcorn State on Jan. 20.
“Lasane should be a consistent scorer,” Evans said. “And not so hilly. Just up and down.
“Obviously this is a night for her to shine. This is her senior night, her last home game.”
Lasane, as well as fellow senior Marion Thompson, will try to set the tone tonight when the Lady Lions host Mississippi Valley State for the regular season finale beginning at 5 p.m. inside H.O. Clemmons Arena.
“They are our two seniors,” Evans said. “They should set the tone on how the night goes.”
Evans said it is up to the seniors to set the tone for the rest of the team.
“Our consistency lies in our seniors and juniors,” Evans said. “… They should be at a consistent level now. They should know how things go.”
MVSU (8-20, 7-10 SWAC) is currently riding a five-game losing streak.
UAPB head coach Nate Kilbert was the head coach at Valley for 11 years and was named SWAC coach-of-the-year for the 2011-12 season after leading the Devilettes to a conference championship and a berth in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament.
“We just need to focus and go out there and play how we should play,” Evans said. “… Everybody has a role on the team and therefore we need you to do your role and play your part.”