PERU, Neb. – The Peru State women’s basketball team opened the 2017-2018 season with a unique roster. They only have six players on it.
With an injury to junior guard Jackie Beaugard, the Bobcats (3-5) will play William Penn (7-3) on Saturday with only five players, meaning each player will play the full 40 minutes…again.
How does a team with limited depth practice and prepare for each game?
Graduate Assistant Kendyl Rizea says a scout team, consisting of male students from the college, play against the girls about half the week.
“They’ve been really great in helping us, really challenging us. We’re not going to get away with a lot with some pretty athletic males that we’re playing against. Obviously, our girls are well-conditioned being used to playing 40 minutes a game for each of them.”
The focus is to keep the girls together and keeping them united, according to Rizea. She says they hope to add more players at the beginning of the second semester in January.
Peru State is coming off a 98-41 loss to Missouri Valley on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Penn won their conference opener over Mount Mercy (Iowa).
The Bobcats host the Statesmen in their Heart of America Athletic Conference home opener at 2 p.m. The game will be carried on Otoe County Country (KNCY 1600 AM, 105.5 FM and ncn21.com).
William Penn (7-3) at Peru State (3-5)
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Al Wheeler Activities Center
Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, ncn21.com