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Wildcats Working to Improve Their Defense

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     The 17th ranked Central Washington Wildcats slipped to 17th in the latest poll after suffering a double overtime loss to Alaska Anchorage last Thursday.  Part of the reason for the loss and fall in the rankings, deals with the fact the Wildcats have trouble defending the perimeter. 

     CWU (10-2) ranks last in the GNAC in three-point field percentage defense.  A point of concern for coach and company this week in practice.  Something the Wildcats have had little of, being on the road for the majority of the year.

    Head coach Greg Sparling said, "You know the thing we've been working on all week is playing a little bit hard... But also guarding the three point line and being the second guy off the ground to contest the shots.  And we're going to be able to repair some stuff here.  We've been in so many hotel rooms and different cities... It's been hard to correct things.  And this is what we're spending our time this week doing."

    Senior guard and forward Jamar Berry added, "We can be a great defensive team also.  So play hard at all times even when we're tired.  Energy on the bench.  You know it's gonna come from a lot of places."