Player Blawg: Change In W. Hoops Practice Habits
The final women's basketball exhibition is tonight (Corban College, 7p.m.), meaning there is just five days until the regular gets underway. In the latest player-written Dawg Blawg, Sami Whitcomb explains to fans the work her teammates have put in over the summer to get ready for the season.
Hey Husky hoop fans, the season is finally here. I am sure you are wondering what we have been doing to prepare ourselves for a "bigger and better" season, so here is the scoop on our practices this preseason.
This year, we have experienced some substantial changes in the make-up of our practices. The most glaring one of the level of competition amongst our team. Last year, we utilized our "white squad" practice players a lot, and while we have scrimmaged against them a couple of times, competition in practice has chiefly been against ourselves. As you will see this year, we are a far more balanced, talented squad across the board. The competitive scenarios in 5-on-5, 4-on-4 and even 2-on-2 settings have sparked the competitive nature of each player, and we benefit in practice because of this.
Accountability has become a cornerstone to the team this year as well. This resonates in practices as well, as the coaches have placed greater responsibility in our hands as players in holding each other and ourselves accountable, with each practice and with each drill. Whether it's guard Sara Mosiman leading the team in sprints for too many turnovers, or junior guard Sarah Morton gathering the team to refocus us, each player has stepped up in this area as we hold ourselves to a greater level of excellence.
Being bigger and better this year also means being more efficient and this is reflected in our practices. Our competitive work ethic coupled with our new level of accountability combine to make this team incredibly efficient with our practice time. Each drill is intense and focused, with players sprinting on and off the court and working hard in-between. And because we are using our time on the court better, we can spend just a little bit less time out there than last year.
Hope you enjoyed the run down of our practices so far. As the year progresses we will only continue to get bigger and better, so come check us out! Go Dawgs!
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