Backcourt Bearcats

By wbng sports

January 5, 2011 Updated Jan 5, 2011 at 12:52 AM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

For years the BU women's basketball team has been built from the inside out, with the offensive and defensive game centering on post players, with help sprinkled in at guard spots.
More and more it has become clear that this team is different.
We take a look at the new backcourt Bearcats in this week's action sports spotlight .

As problems go it's the good kind to have.
The BU women's basketball team has too many guards.
Since Jackie Ward has returned from early season injury issues, the Bearcats have had to find ways to work them all in.

Ward says, " At first it was a little rocky, I'm not going to lie. I was a little flustered. It felt like I had gone back to freshman year, feeling brand new and trying to adjust and trying to figure out the flow and the chemistry of the team. But now I think I'm right back to last year with the flow and I'm having fun again."

The rotation was tough to crack at first because of good chemistry from the 2 mainstays from the start of the season, freshman Jasbrielle Swain and junior Andrea Holmes, both natives of Memphis Tennessee.
Swain says, " I actually played with Andrea when we were younger. We didn't play against each other, we did play on the same team, but just a little bit. Yeah, I knew Andrea Holes."
Holmes says, " Jazz plays with a lot of heart, she plays with a lot of enthusiasm. I've known her for a couple of years now and I think she is the spark to our team, she brings the intensity. "

Kara Elofson has moved from guard to forward, and is more than holding her own inside the paint.

The remaining backcourt players are finding their role now with the team. Ward, the lone senior, is a leader, Holmes and Orla O'Reilly are natural scorers, and Swain has made her mark with the hustle plays.

" If I can challenge myself and set the bar, I feel like my team will do the same. If you play hard, no matter if you do anything wrong, good things will happen."

The group has helped BU to their best non conference record in 5 years, including a perfect record at home.
Conference season tips off on Thursday, and the Bearcats hope they can continue to have too much of a good thing.

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