Coaches often use mid-November non-conference basketball games to evaluate their team by using multiple lineups on the floor.
On Sunday, Midwestern State used a smaller lineup throughout the contest in a 79-72 win over NAIA Texas Wesleyan.
However, the Mustangs used the smaller lineup out of necessity due to injuries to two of their post players.
“We had to adjust and we had been working on going to a smaller lineup all week in the event it happened and that was why we went with a zone defense today,” MSU coach Christopher Reay said. “Texas Wesleyan has two good post players but we forced them to take outside jumpers.”
The Mustangs were without senior Hannah Reynolds on Sunday and are hopeful Reynolds and Mandy Withey will return soon.
“(Withey) has a bone bruise on her ankle so we’re being cautious and making sure we don’t push her too hard too fast,” Reay said. “We should have Hannah back from concussion protocol after the knock she took during the Oklahoma Baptist game.”
MSU turned to newcomers Jordan Mathis and Yasmine Sifaoui, who each posted their first career double-double in the game. Mathis had 11 points and 11 rebounds while Sifaoui added 10 points and 10 rebounds.
“They played a lot of minutes and they played well,” Reay said. “Jordan and Yasmine both got a double-double and it’s great to see them step up in Hannah’s absence and it gives them confidence heading into conference action.”
The depth the Mustangs are developing now should pay dividends during Lone Star Conference action.
“Whether we have a lot of fouls or are fatigued – there were moments today where I wanted to get people a breather but we just didn’t have the depth to go to today,” Reay said. “I can’t wait until we get fully healthy.”
Sheridan Bostic changed the game
Sophomore Sheridan Bostic helped MSU jump out to a lead at the end of the first quarter by hitting four of her six three point attempts in the opening stanza.
“We knew they would throw a different zone on us that we haven’t seen this year and credit to Sheridan Bostic for shooting them out of it early in the first quarter and forced them to play man the rest of the game,” Reay said. “Anytime you can spread the floor with a player it adds a whole new dimension to the game. We’re a good three-point shooting team – they just haven’t been falling yet but they will fall and we’re going to keep shooting.”