Sometimes lighting that fire under her players is, as Eastern Washington University head women's basketball coach Wendy Schuller suggests, like rubbing a pair of damp sticks together.
But that certainly was not the case in last Saturday's Big Sky Conference game with visiting Idaho State. No spark or accelerant was necessary; just a few perfectly scripted words helped fuel the Eagles' 67-55 victory.
"It was kind of like 'hey, what the heck's going on here?'" Schuller said. "As a coach you're obviously pleased when your team responds in the right way."
And did they.
After the Bengals slowly...