The Lady Bears’ roster is far different than it was last season.
With many new additions and players taking over new roles, the team’s ability to overcome adversity speaks volumes about the character on the team.
The team is no stranger to adversity after losing Alexis Morris last summer and making LSU Senior-Transfer Chloe Jackson the point guard. Jackson embraced her new role and ran with it – leading the team to the Final Four.
“We’re in the Final Four,” says Lady Bears Head Coach Kim Mulkey. “We don’t have a true point guard. Imagine starting your season anticipating that you’re going to have this great point guard, anticipate you got to get rid of your quarterback in football. You have to take a wide receiver, put them at quarterback. That’s what we had to do.”
Chloe’s transition to point did not happen overnight, but after spending hours in the gym she fit into her new role as point guard.
“I just think that experience that she [Chloe] had has helped her. She doesn’t get too high, she doesn’t get too low. The thing I had to do was work extra hard. I didn’t anticipate that. When I say that, it’s every day. I had to teach her everything about our defense, everything about offense. She’s responsible for everybody on that floor. Her personality is not where she’s a big talker, so I had to teach her to open her mouth, communicate. Had to do it quickly. That kid, what she has done, is amazing,” Mulkey says.
The Lady Bears have two regular season losses in the past two years. Lauren Cox did not play in both games.
Another curve ball the Lady Bears have conqured is Cox’s battle with Type One Diabetes, which she has total control over – as she constantly wears a device monitoring her blood sugar.
“That’s what separates her from other people who think their kid is the best defensive player in the country. You may be, down the block as a post player, but can you go out there and guard a three player, guard the point guard if I get in trouble with my point guard defender. That kid can play any position on the court. She can defend any position on the court. She alters shots,” Mulkey says.
If you’re wondering where you can catch the game in Waco, FOX44 is teaming up with the Dancing Bear Pub to hold a watch party on Friday. The doors will open at 2:00 p.m. at 1117 Speight Avenue, and they are expanding their happy hour specials during the game.