Shenita Landry Senior Forward
“I don’t really feel any pressure,” Eaddy said. “I mean, it’s a new position for me. I’m learning a lot of new things. I’ve never really played the point guard here or in high school really, so it’s a learning experience. I think I’m adjusting pretty well to it.
“Coach Cardoza’s definitely helping me, [and so is] the whole coaching staff. They’re encouraging me and giving me the confidence that I need to try to run this team at the point guard spot,” she added.
But it’s not just the point guard position that remains up in the air entering the season. With forwards Shanea Cotton and Jasmine Stone academically ineligible for the fall semester, senior forward Shenita Landry will most likely take over for Comfort to start the year.
“I have some ideas [as far as the starting lineup], but it all depends on how some things go. Right now, we’re still a little up in the air,” Cardoza said. “Right now, the point guard situation is a tough situation because we don’t really have a point guard that has any experience.”
Regardless who starts, the players will be looking at a revamped offensive scheme. Unlike Staley, who emphasized ball control and focused more on the defensive side of the court, Cardoza plans to open up the options.
“I think this team is a really defensive team. Dawn really stressed defense, and I’m stressing more offensive stuff,” Cardoza said. “So I think that’s still something that we have to work on every day, getting them to understand that I want them to shoot. I want them to score. It’s not just pass, pass, pass, pass and one person. I want everybody involved. Right now, that’s probably the biggest adjustment on the offensive end. But defensively, I can’t ask for anything more.”
The Owls will be tested early and often this season, with five games scheduled against preseason Top 25 teams. Temple will play Auburn, Rutgers and Florida State in three of its first seven games, while match-ups against Duke and Xavier fall later in the season.
It’s safe to say the Owls will know what direction the season – and the team – are heading in rather quickly.
“Everybody’s playing basketball. If you’re on your game, and they’re off their game, anything can happen,” Landry said. “No matter where we stand, I just want to win.”
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