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By Les Johns
The UK women’s basketball team (2-0) will face Northeastern University (0-2) from the Colonial Athletic Association Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Memorial Coliseum. The Cats are coming off a historic 100-25 win Tuesday over Jacksonville State, in which they forced a program-record 48 turnovers.
Northeastern comes into the matchup with losses at home to Eastern Michigan 53-83 and Temple 58-72.
UK women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell addressed the media Wednesday afternoon to reflect on the victory over Jacksonville State and the challenges to come.
“I’m looking for a good focused effort in practice today,” Mitchell said “If we can do that day in and day out this is going to be a good basketball team.”
“Defense turning into offense is a good thing for our team, it’s something we need to focus on constantly,” Mitchell said “Our identity as a basketball team and program will always start at the defensive side of the floor.”
“Twenty-for-24 from a team standpoint is outstanding,” said Coach Mitchell. “If this team can shoot free-throws well we are going to be tough.”
Mitchell was unsure if Bishop was intentionally banking her free throws. “If she can shoot 75 percent banking them in,” Mitchell said that would be fine with him. “If it’s working you don’t want to fool with it too much.”
“She is fantastic at getting the ball up and down and pushing the pace, so I am really going to be careful with her to make sure we get her back to full speed,” Mitchell said.