As disappointed as John Ishee was with his team's most recent performance, he figures something good might come from it.
Ishee, Southeast Missouri State's women's basketball coach, believes Tuesday's 59-58 survival against Division II Henderson State should have been a good learning experience.
"If it's not, then I don't know what is," Ishee said.
If the 2-0 Redhawks learned their lessons, they'll come totally prepared for today's 4 p.m. game against 0-2 Central Arkansas in Conway, Ark.
"We have to be," Ishee said. "We're not a dominant team. We have to scratch and claw. And they almost beat us at our place last year."
In Southeast's second game last season, first-year Division I member Central Arkansas dropped a 64-60 decision at the Show Me Center.
The Sugar Bears are a different team than the one that gave Southeast a battle last season.
Central Arkansas returned only one player who averaged more than five points per game.
So far this year, the Sugar Bears have lost to Missouri-Kansas City 73-63 and at Tennessee-Martin 78-65.
Meaghen Kelleybrew, a 6-foot sophomore guard, leads Central Arkansas in scoring at 15.5 points per game. Also in double figures is 5-10 freshman guard Meagan Nickell (12 ppg).
Central Arkansas, which went 14-14 in its inaugural Division I season last year, is picked to finish fourth in its division of the 12-team Southland Conference.
Meanwhile, Southeast is looking for the program's first 3-0 start since the 1994-95 season.