Bengals start long road trip with a lot of questions still unanswered
POCATELLO — It has been just two games, but the Idaho State women's basketball team is looking for a point guard to run head coach Seton Sobolewski's motion offense.
Normally that would not be a problem for a team that is just a week into a long and grueling regular season, but for ISU it could very well develop into a problem as the team begins a nine-game road trip Friday at the University of Illinois-Chicago.
In the exhibition game and the opener with Black Hill State, Sobolewski used the same staring lineup consisting of four guards, Kara Jenkins, Cheryl Bitter, Lindsey Reed and Rebecca Schrimpsher and post Jessica Tingey.
Bitter was the point guard int he first two games and had two games on opposite ends of the spectrum.
The Shelley native scored 11 points in the exhibition game, but turned around and scored just three a few night's later.
When asked, Sobolewski was not concerned about the play of his guards as the team breaks in three new starters as well as a crop of new players. While not concerned immediately, he did tell a group of assembled media that he was looking for someone to step up and be the leader of the offense.
Against Carroll College Monday night Sobolewski brought out a new lineup on the floor, this one with the senior Reed at the point and two post players in Tingey and Anna Lee Policicchio.
Reed finished the night with 12 points, Schrimpsher added 13 all in the second half, but the duo combined to go just 9-for-23 from the floor. The rest of the Bengals guards went just 5-for-17.
Not good enough with teams like Oklahoma State. Boise Stare and Utah State in the next few weeks.
Where do the Bengals go next? That remains to be seen. Sobolewski has a talented crop of guards that are each still trying to find their role in the offense, he just needs one to step up.
The Bengals tip-off with UIC Friday night at 6 p.m.