The Lady Pioneers of Campbellsville University Harrodsburg start the second half of the season with a match up against the Lady Crusaders of Great Lakes Christian College on Tuesday, January 7th in Lansing, MI.
CU Harrodsburg (9-3), hopes to keep their winning ways alive to start the new year against a Lady Crusaders (0-12) team looking for their their first win of the season.
The Lady Pioneers, led by one of the nation's leading scorers in Oriona Woods (21.7 PPG), look to grab their tenth win of the season by following our keys to victory:
One of the key factors to CU Harrodsburg's early season winning streak comes from the fast paced offensive tempo the Lady Pioneers have opened their games with. From the tip-off the Lady Pioneers are looking to attack the basket. CU Harrodsburg ranks second in the nation in offensive efficiency within the NCCAA through this point in the season, averaging 76.7 points per contest.
Its one thing to score the basketball, but an entirely different thing to score effiiciently, but the Lady Pioneers seem to have figured out how to be successful at both. They are shooting just north of 40% from the field this season, the fourth highest field goal percentage in the NCCAA. They have been consistent from deep, ranking ninth in the nation in three-point field goal percentage this season.
If CU Harrodsburg continues their offensive attack, they will have good odds in bringing the victory home to Harrodsburg.
Crashing The Boards
CU Harrodsburg has made a point of protecting the paint so far this season. Currently the Lady Pioneers are 7th in the NCCAA in offensive rebounding, a stat that is critically important to their success.
A key component of the success in the post has been the combined efforts of Makala Smith and E'moni Washington. Washington continues to crash the boards, so much so that she is currently a top 25 rebounder in the nation with her 7.4 average per game. Smith has had several key double-double performances this season, including an incredible 18 point, 14 rebound outing against UC-Clermont in November. Smith also posted a 16 point, 12 rebound performance on the road against Cheyney in a 91-68 victory.
CU Harrodsburg has shown that creating more posessions on the offensive end can make them extremely dangerous, and if they are able to continue posting the numbers they've had this season, chances are good for a Lady Pioneers victory.
CU Harrodsburg loves to run the floor. The Lady Pioneers have become well regarded for their high speed tempo this season. From a defensive rebound to a strong pass to a cutting runner, the offense at CU Harrodsburg thrives in transition. The Lady Pioneers defensive efforts have been fruitful this season, producing forced turnovers that often lead to fast break opportunities. If the Lady Pioneers are able to continue their defensive potential, and continue to dominate the boards, CU Harrodsburg is likely to make the most of any opportunity to turn defense into offense.
The Lady Pioneers tip-off Tuesday evening in Lansing at 7 p.m.