The LU women’s basketball team scrimmaged Concordia this past Saturday. It was the first chance for the Vikes to test their skills against another team. The scrimmage consisted of two 20-minute halves.Each half was started with zeroes on the board. The Vikes dropped both of the mini games, in close contests. The goal of this scrimmage was not to win, although that surely would have been nice. The Vikes were looking to get a feel for the upcoming season.
The team got a look at how they would need to play in their upcoming tournament at North Central College and how they can challenge each other during practices. The Vikes also got a chance to work on their triangle offense.
This is the first season that the Vikings have used this offense and they welcomed the chance to practice it. Coach Walsh also got the chance to try different player combinations on the floor, look at the talent of the new players, and see where improvements are needed.
The scrimmage was also an opportunity to get a feel for a new style of NCAA basketball. The NCAA has decided to enforce rules more strictly throughout the season. Rules which had been overlooked are now being enforced, to the dissatisfaction of some of the players. “It was a good chance for us to see the new rules and see how the games are going to be called,” said Senior Captain Kelly Mulcahy.
“It was a good all-around learning experience for the team, and it will give us something to build on,” said Jenny Stoner. The Vikings head to North Central College this weekend to play in the North Central Tournament. The Vikes will tip-off at 2:00 p.m. on Friday.