GLVC hoops notebook: Drury women's coach receives one-game suspension

Posted: Jan. 22, 2013 12:08 am Updated: Feb. 12, 2013 4:15 am

Herald-Whig Sports Writer

Drury women's basketball coach Steve Harold was quite candid about his frustration with his team during an interview with the Springfield News-Leader and Quincy Herald-Whig following Drury's 68-62 loss to Quincy University on Saturday in Springfield, Mo.

He'll now have a little extra time to cool off.

On Monday, Drury announced in a press release that Harold had been issued a one-game, university-imposed suspension for conduct detrimental to the university and athletics program, according to the Springfield News-Leader. The press release offered no further elaboration for the suspension, according to the News-Leader, and the newspaper did not indicate whether Harold's remarks to the media had any influence on the university's decision.

The News-Leader reported the suspension would be imposed at Thursday's game at Maryville and that assistant coaches Molly Miller and John Nicolais would be co-head coaches for that contest.

"Drury Athletics has maintained a long tradition of excellent coaches, and we expect a high standard of professional conduct at all times," Matt Miller, Drury's executive director of athletics administration, said in the release sent to the News-Leader. "When these standards are not met, action is necessary to remind our coaches of their obligation to uphold our tradition of excellence."

Drury's loss to QU dropped the Lady Panthers to 8-7 record overall and 2-5 in the GLVC. It's a disappointing start for a team that returned two first-team All-GLVC selections and was predicted to win the West Division in the conference's preseason coaches poll.

After Saturday's game, Harold lamented what he felt was poor execution by his team on both offense and defense and expressed his frustration with his team's inability to follow the instructions on the scouting report.

"It's kind of like you're talking to a group that has no ears," Harold said after the game. "They may hear noise, but they're not listening."

Harold is in his sixth season coaching Drury, where his record is 123-46, He has a career record of 385-153 in 18 seasons as a Division II coach, and Harold-coached teams have appeared in the Division II National Tournament in 11 straight seasons. He's a former Division II National Coach of the Year.

Buresh lights it up from ‘hot spot': It's probably no coincidence that all of five of Kelly Buresh's 3-pointers during the Lady Hawks' Saturday win over Drury came from either the left wing or left corner.

Teammate Lucy Cramsey said the area beyond the arc from the left wing to the left corner is Buresh's "hot spot."

Buresh is shooting 39 percent from 3-point range this season and has made 32 treys. Entering Monday, she ranked seventh and fourth, respectively, in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in those categories. The majority of Buresh's 3-pointers this season have come from the left side of the arc.

"It's because of my footwork," said Buresh, a right-handed shooter. "It's easier for me to get the ball on the left side and get my right foot in front versus on the right side."

Rare Monday action: Ten of the league's men's teams played Monday, and 12 women's teams played, including the QU women, who beat Illinois-Springfield 67-54 at Pepsi Arena.

Teams had the option to find an alternate date for that game. The QU men moved their game against UIS to Dec. 8, with the Hawks winning 78-75 in overtime.

The Monday game occurs because teams play 18 GLVC games with only 17 Thursdays and Saturdays available during the 2013 portion of the schedule to accommodate league games.

The Monday games put teams against their travel partner. Once Truman State joins the GLVC next year, it will replace UIS as Quincy's travel partner. QU coach Marty Bell said he and Truman coach Matt Woodley already have agreed they will move the Monday game to a date in December every year.

Having a Monday game creates a stretch of four games in a row in which teams have one day to prepare for an opponent. This occurs because the NCAA requires teams to take one day off every week.

"I don't like having three games in five days, and I also don't like having four consecutive games with one day of preparation," Bell said.

KWC goes down: Kentucky Wesleyan men's basketball coach Todd Lee told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer before Monday's game against Southern Indiana "we need a big crowd out here to support the team and get the Sportscenter loud."

Lee got his wish, but the Screaming Eagles got the win.

No. 15 USI beat No. 4 Wesleyan 72-53 in front of a crowd of 4,712 at the Sportscenter in Owensboro, Ky. Dazmond Starke scored 22 points for KWC, but the Panthers (14-1) shot only 33.9 percent from the field.

Every GLVC team now has at least one loss, and there are only two remaining undefeated men's teams in Division II -- Metro State (15-0) and Western Washington (16-0).

Weekly honors: Southern Indiana junior forward Aaron Nelson was named the GLVC Men's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday. Nelson averaged 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in a pair of USI wins last week.

USI sophomore forward Anna Hackert was named the Women's Basketball Player of the Week. It marks the second time this year she's received the honor. Hackert averaged 20 points and nine rebounds per game in a pair of USI victories last week.


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