Iowa State womens coach Bill Fennelly says the Cyclones need to play the right way if they want to be a factor in the Big-12 race. Fennelly was upset with how the Cyclones played down the stretch in a ten point loss at Missouri and they take a 1-1 conference to Colorado on Wednesday night. He says they have bright kids who know what they need to do and he says they just have to do a better job of it.
Fennelly says the Cyclones are committing too many turnovers and many are unforced and have nothing to do with the defense. Fennelly says the offensive fouls, traveling calls and other turnovers aren’t the defense, they’re his team needing to be smarter.
Fennelly says eliminating mistakes is a key because the margin of error is so small. Fennelly says they could be in a tie for third or a tie for 11th, and that’s how the league will be all season.
Fennelly says it may be early in the league race but he wants his team to have a sense of urgency. He says everyone talks about how long the season is. But he breaks it down this way :they have 14 games, 40 minutes a game, 60 minutes in an hour. “We have nine hours and a third left of our season left. They slept longer than that last night, ” Fennelly says, “That’s how long the basketball season is, and you’d better embrace that mentality. And you’d better embrace a sense of urgency. And that’s what we’re trying to do.”
Fennelly says they won’t be successful without that sense of urgency. The Cyclones are 13-2 overall.