Quotes from Women's Basketball Media Day
Coach Brenda Frese on the team's youth:
"When you look at our team, I think the first thing that jumps out at you is, there are going to be lot of question marks this season. We are very unproven. I think the only way you prove yourself is having game experience. For this young team, we're going to need to have that kind of time. Luckily our non-conference schedule [should give Maryland a chance to] mold together, to be able to get us prepared for the rigors of the ACC. I don't expect any team in the ACC to be kind to us, given the amount of success that we've had against our opponents."
Frese on how the recent loss of senior Dee Liles will affect the team:
"We always felt like every player on this roster, being so thin, they were going to have to be ready to play right away. Obviously losing Dee puts more ownership on our freshmen… That was something we were prepared for from day one. This young talent was going to come in and have the opportunity to play immediately."
Frese on freshman forward Diandra Tchatchouang, who's from France:
"In 2007, she led her under-16 team to the European national championship and she was named the MVP. That kind of international experience—when you play against so many great teams, and you've always been counted on as go-to player—for her to transfer here, she's going to have lot of moments that hopefully she's going to take some big shots for us."
Frese on new assistant coach David Adkins, who helped coached the boys' teams at Montrose Christian and DeMatha:
"I think the biggest thing is that you're basketball players, and whether you're male or female, it's the same in terms of how you develop players. His passion and ability to teach and break down has been tremendous."
Frese on what kind of style the Terrapins want to play:
"We still want to stay up tempo. With the point guard position that they're competing for, with [Dara Taylor, Anjale Barrett and Lori Bjork] they're all up-tempo. We want to stay fast in transition and be able to get some looks early, I think is going to be key for us… We're actually ahead defensively than we are offensively. We felt like within this team we really needed to get back to the basics and be able to defend. In preseason, we've spent lot of time on the defensive end. Hopefully we'll show that."
Sophomore guard Kim Rodgers on whether the team's expectations have changed:
"I think the expectations are the same. We've lost a lot of good players these last two years, but we have a lot of good people coming in. Just because we have a lot of new people, I think we can't allow the reputation of our program or the expectations of our program to go down. If anything, we have to start exceeding what people want out of us."
Sophomore forward Lynetta Kizer on expectations:
"We're still defending our ACC championship, we're still wanting to get back to the Elite Eight, we still want to push to that Final Four, if not higher. To me, it's still the same. I feel like with the players that we have, the youth that we have, it's definitely going to be those growing pains here. But we're going to do everything we can and prepare in the best way we can to get back to that status that we achieved last year.
Senior guard Lori Bjork on the teaching that's going on at practice:
"First of all, we have two new assistants this year, so we're learning what they want. There's been a lot more teaching; we're not going to show up at practice and maybe take only five reps to learn something and be in and out. We've got young kids, and we've got to get repetitions, repetitions, and fundamentals. I'm excited about that, I like to come out and drill and shoot, whatever. Get up shots. That's what a lot of practices are going to look like this year."
Sophomore guard Anjale Barrett on how this team gets to shape its own identity:
"I think that's really exciting. We've got a lot of new faces, new personalities, new games, new skills. I think this whole team, as the year goes on, we get to shape our identity. I think that's a great thing."
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