The large amount of experience and depth will be a big positive for the Lady Tigers this season and will give them a lot of options on the court.
“With this group, we have a lot of options,” said Holombek. “We have the ability to run any kind of lineup we need on the court, and that is one of our biggest strengths.”
Another big positive for the team is the schedule. Unlike last season, when ECU played most of its opening games on the road, the Lady Tigers will play the first five games in the friendly confines of the Kerr Activities Center.
“Last year five of our first six games were on the road, so this is a nice turnaround,” Holombek added. “We were fortunate to turn our schedule around from last year, and it may help us gain some momentum. We have played well at home the past few years, and I think being able to improve and encourage at home at the start of the season will help us get on a good roll for when we do get on the road.”
The Lady Tigers will open the 2013-14 season Nov. 9 against Southwest Christian at 7 p.m. ECU will continue the home stand with games against St. Gregory’s (Nov. 12) and Rogers State (Nov. 16).
The final two games of the home stand will be an even earlier start to the GAC season, Nov. 21 and 23. The Lady Tigers will host Ouachita Baptist (Nov. 21) and Henderson State (Nov. 23) before playing their first road contest Nov. 25 at St. Gregory’s.
The final two non-conference games of the season will be Dec. 14 at Midwestern State and the lone home game in December against Mid-American Christian (Dec. 17).
There will be a slight change to the NCAA rules that fans will notice in 2013-14. The NCAA rules committee decided to add the 10-second back court rule, so teams will have 10 seconds to get across the time line, just like the men.
“Everyone is going to use the 10-second rule and try to press more this season,” said Holombek. “I think it will create more turnovers and extend defenses, but we play up-tempo, so that doesn’t change anything for us on offense.”