Schaefer preparing for another road test

No. 9 Mississippi State is back on the road Sunday traveling to Louisiana Tech. The Lady Techsters gave Vic Schaefer‘s Bulldogs all they wanted last year at home in a 81-77 MSU win. Schaefer speaks about the upcoming game and how his team has handled finals week.


Opening statement …
“This will be our second true road test of the year. Last year, it took everything we had to beat them here by only four points (81-77). They will be excited and ready to play. They are one of the tradition-rich women’s basketball programs in the country from a historical standpoint. It will be a good environment, and I am looking forward to how our kids will respond.”
On having finals …
“It has been good. It is a tough time of the year with finals. I think we had a great practice two days ago. I just love how our kids respond a lot of times in those situations with their toughness, and that’s not only on the basketball court. We have some kids really battling in the classroom, not settling for the C’s and B’s but going and getting an A. They understand the importance of getting the most out of every day and themselves. It hard to teach them to not settle. They do a great job of wrapping their arms around that.”
On staying focused …
“There are so many distractions in the world, so it is a challenge to keep them focused. But we really have some focus-driven kids that are embracing where we are right now with being Top 10 in the country. They have worked awful hard to get us here.”
On developing consistency …
“We have to keep working for it. Our thought for today before practice is ‘You become what you repeatedly do.’ Defensively, we do the same drills every day, and I think that is why we have been so consistent on that end of the floor.”
On Jazzmun Holmes …
“She had had great practices. She is fast in the open floor and delivers the ball, and I think she can be really good defensively. She is going to be a great player for us; we just have to get her going.”
On the competition at the 4 position …
“They are really competitive, but they are also really good friends. Instead of me having to sub in and out during practice, they will ask each other to sub without me having to do it. That just shows their character. They are great kids and great friends. That is their mindset. I’m sure they will all elevate their game and get better. I am anxious to see them get there.”
On being ranked …
“I think we now have respect nationally. People believe in what we are doing and our kids. By going into Texas and playing great defense, people across the country know that. defensively, we are always going to be good and we will always play hard. That is always going to give you a chance, at the end of the day. I felt like this is where we would be, even after losing on the road.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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