Stephanie Paul is a tremendous inside player and should be a big help in our long season this year. Obviously Joni Taylor wants her to play within herself and first game jitters are really to be expected especially of a true freshman unless your name is Jacob Eason.

Stephanie Paul was given a big role in The Lady Dawgs’ first game this season and nearly got benched game 2 for missing all her shots adding 4 turnovers, but she got to play some in game 2 anyway and has promise.

 

Stephanie Paul can put up double-doubles in rebounds and points if she gets the rebounds she shows she can get in the 2 games already and gets open underneath. The SEC is a tough league to play in. We are going to need her to contribute rebounds without turning the ball over another area troubling her start and to get open under the offensive glass for dishes.

 

We need to drive the lane well in order to find Stephanie Paul and she needs to be looking for the ball and practicing the shots she will get under pressure. One of the keys to that is using the backboard underneath. You don’t shoot for the hoop in The SEC underneath but bank it. So work on those shots and the scoring will come in time.

 

Driving the lane and kicking it is key to basketball.

 

What Stephanie Paul also contributes as we have seen in the game already here are steals on defense. She is a presence inside. 4 years from now I expect Stephanie Paul to be a solid player for us. It’s always so exciting to get a shot put and discus state champion from the state of Florida to play on our women’s basketball team.

 

No team can play well without an inside game and you must have a 6th man or 7th man contributing in The SEC and throughout the long seasons the next four years.

 

I’d say Joni Taylor is bringing her along well and doing a great job of recruiting for year 3.  I am really excited about our players coming-in for next year.  I was a little disappointed in our class year 2 Joni Taylor.

 

The Lady Bulldogs – Top 5 Basketball Program All-Time – Andy Landers gave you a LOT for year one last year Joni Taylor.  When the season was over your gals were worn-out and we didn’t achieve what we needed to just when we had to at the end of the season.

 

Congratulations to you and your husband Darius on the exciting birth of your daughter Jacie to our 2nd head coach ever Joni Taylor.

 

When we promoted you I told you then you had to recruit well.  You have certainly come through on that for next year Joni. Thank you.

 

We’re rooting for you Stephanie Paul. We’re going to need you this year more than next year with the outstanding class Joni Taylor has coming-in 2017. This off-season we added far less than next year already signed with the early signing period just now November 15 2016 for the 2017 season beginning this time next year.

 

Stephanie Paul comes from a family of 11. Eleven ! Her mom Marie and dad Jean have 9 kids so Stephanie Paul is used to having to work for what she gets. I came from a big family myself so I know you have to want it to succeed and frankly if you are timid you’ll go hungry.

 

I’m not.

 

Hungry or timid.

 

I assert myself in life and learned that at home.

 

I am looking forward to seeing Stephanie Paul being an even bigger contributor as this season progresses.

 

There is no pun intended.

 

Well maybe there is.

 

She’s a big gal. She is only 6’ 1” tall but her presence inside is an immovable object and one we can set the post with down low or up high. And she dishes the ball well.

 

11-15-2016

 

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