“We want to try and stay as balanced as possible,” Wickness said. “Obviously, those two have put so much time into it that on nights where they’re feeling it and we get them the extra passes and the extra shots, they’re going to have the numbers. We’re constantly talking about how we need everybody to be involved. I believe in all 12 girls on our team. I believe that they can all step into a role on our team and make a contribution.”
While the Spartans are on a roll right now, Feuerbach said that the team sets specific goals and does not get complacent.
“We have some big competition coming ahead,” Feuerbach said. “We knew that this was one of those games where we had to work on the fundamentals and make sure that we hit the extra pass. … One of the big factors tonight was communication. I think we’re going to be able to keep that up going forward.”
The Barbs (1-5, 0-1 Northern Illinois Big 12) still are working on finding their consistency. With coach Tyler Bantz being the third coach in three years, the Barbs have had to take on three systems in three seasons. Bantz said that they are hard at work, getting into the right habits and gaining experience.
“There’s obviously habits that the players have had the last few years,” Bantz said. “We’re working a ton at getting better at basketball fundamentally and doing the little things that build up into team success. … It’s tough for people to buy into what I am selling
100 percent because I am the third guy in three years. … We’re building it brick by brick, but eventually we will get there.”