While the women’s basketball season didn’t officially kick off until last weekend, the lady Seahawks have already been spending plenty of time on the court. Coming off of a great season (last year the squad went 18-8), the girls are looking to carry that momentum into this year, and are looking to match, if not improve, on their successes from the 2008 season.
Sophomore Jamie Roberts, who is returning for her second year feeling much more adjusted to the college level and pace of the game, feels confident the team will go far this year. Says Roberts, “We’re definitely looking to improve upon last year’s record of 18-8 and do some damage in the playoffs; I’m really confident that we can make it happen with this team.”
But the team knows reaching their goals will take some seriously hard work, and they have been doing their best to prepare both physically and mentally for the season ahead.
Similar to last season, there are nine lady seahawk basketball players; an uncharacteristically small number for a sport that requires five players on the court at all times.
The low numbers are one of the reasons the team knows they need to stick together. “It’s going to take hard work from everyone, both in practice and on our own,” explains Senior Allie Scott, speaking to how critical it is for all the players to be in “the best shape possible.”
While Scott admits that at times the small size of the team can be frustrating for running scrimmages or full court drills, the team manages to work around this but having a few guys come in once a week to help facilitate full-court scrimmages. And, she explains, last year the small team size was actually to their advantage in one sense; “a lot of teams would see how small our team was and underestimate us.”
Since the school year started the girls have been lifting and doing pre-season captain’s practices, and now with winter sports officially underway, their regimen includes daily 2 ½ hour practices – sometimes at 5:30 a.m. – and an additional lifting workout. Roberts describes the team’s bond as their way of getting through hard practices: “we all stick together and make sure we tough it out,” she says.
The team has been running things pretty similar to last year, mostly rebuilding on skills and working to make the new players comfortable and on the same level as returning players.
But, the Seahawks are bringing a new approach to the court in terms of attire. Says Roberts, “we’ve got a new look this year, we just got some brand new uniforms that are super snazzy and will definitely make us that much better!”