The second half of the Atlantic Sun Conference regular season begins at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon as the Stetson women's basketball team will visit the UNF Ospreys in Jacksonville, Fla.
After an 8-0 start in conference play, Stetson (15-5, 8-1 A-Sun) saw its school-record 11-game win streak halted against FGCU last Saturday in Fort Myers. Head coach Lynn Bria expects the Hatters will bounce back from last week's defeat and use the game as a positive learning experience.
"They are always a team that responds well," Bria said about her squad. "You look at your mistakes, you learn what you can do better and you got to make those adjustments. You come in and work on them every day and that's all you can do."
With a full week between games, the Hatters have had a little extra practice time to study the game film and make their adjustments.
"I think we responded very well and have had a couple days of really good practice," Bria said. "We were able to take another day off this week, so I think the extra day of rest was good for us too."
Coupled with Monday night's game at Jacksonville University, senior guard Shanasa Sanders will have the opportunity to play back-to-back games in her hometown.
"I am very excited to go back home and play in front of my peers and my family, but these two road games will be just like the other conference games," Sanders said. "We need to be ready to win both of them."
Sanders is also closing in on a personal milestone - she is just 31 points shy of reaching 1000 points for her collegiate career. She scored 325 points in her two seasons at Cincinnati, and she has scored 644 points so far as a member of the Hatters.
"It's a good thing to score points, but I want to do whatever I can for my team to win."
Sanders has been contributing in several ways of late. She led the team with 16 points and nine rebounds against FGCU, and she has recorded five or more rebounds in 10 consecutive games.
"She's done great, she's having the best year she's ever had," Bria said about Sanders. "She's been fun to watch, and I thought she played a great game (at FGCU). She was really solid for us and played a lot of minutes even though she really wasn't healthy. She's scoring a lot of different ways, she's probably our best defender, and she does a lot of different things for our team."
Stetson and UNF (9-11, 5-4) will be meeting for the second time in less than a month - the Hatters defeated the Ospreys 71-57 in DeLand back on Jan. 5. As the Hatters get set to meet their league opponents a second time, Bria says the team's approach won't change much from the first time around.
"I think all your doing right now is trying to get better at what you are already doing, and fine-tuning that," Bria said. "You might add another set or two, but really you are just trying to get sharper at what you are already doing. That doesn't mean you don't put a wrinkle in here or there, but I think it's just a matter of getting better at those small things and focusing on the details."
Stetson can clinch a berth in the 2013 Atlantic Sun tournament with a pair of victories or one win and losses by both Kennesaw State and Lipscomb.
Both games this weekend can be seen live on HatterVision and ASun.TV, while WSBB will carry the radio broadcasts on 1230 AM New Smyrna Beach, 1490 AM DeLand, and on myam1230.com.
Live stats, the @StetsonWBB twitter feed, and Hat-Alerts are also available for in-game updates.