Anderson’s emergence, for instance, came only when more of the scoring load fell onto her shoulders. With fewer designed plays now, that means she will have to rely more on her ability to rebound to find shots, a role she’s excelled at over the past month. And while sophomore Channah Cox saw fewer minutes Tuesday, the increased playing time she saw while Ely was out should benefit the Tigers’ second line, increasing the depth Copeland has to work with.
One of the Tigers’ biggest weaknesses with Ely out was a lack of outside shooting. Point guard Chandler Coale is shooting better than 50 percent from behind the arc, but she had a hard time finding open looks in Ely’s absence. Now that opposing teams will be forced to focus on Ely’s game beyond the arc, Coale could see more open shots.
It’s a lot of moving parts for Copeland to balance heading into the final stretch of the regular season when every game will impact playoff seeding.
“We had to have this game against Westmoore,” Copeland said Tuesday night. “And we’ve got a tough draw this weekend. But it’s also a chance for us to move up some, and having Taylor back definitely helps us to do that.”
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