2010-2011 Season Preview Q & A with Head Coach Brian Wilson
2010-2011 Season Preview with Head Coach Brian Wilson
Q: Women´s basketball season is around the corner. Can you talk to us about what some of your expectations are for this team.
A: What we want more than anything this year is for us to truly come together as a team. We want all 15 players coming into practice everyday with the same purpose and motivation. If we can become a true team we will be successful. We chose not to set any type of win-loss goals. We want to win more than we lose, be more competitive in our conference and we want to make the NESCAC Championship Tournament. We want the people who watch us play to see that we´re passionate about basketball and each other, that we play extremely hard and that we play together.
Q: Tell us about the front court
Of our six post players, four are freshmen or sophomores. We´ll be young but we´re really hoping to improve our offensive post production. We need to shoot a much higher percentage from the floor and we know that this group of posts is capable of doing that consistently.
Q: I know it´s early, but are there any specific themes or objectives that you have conveyed to your team in the pre-season
Offensively, we are emphasizing valuing the basketball and making shots. I know that sounds elementary and obvious but we struggled to score points last year, especially in NESCAC play. We need sharper offensive execution and we have to finish possessions with made baskets. We also want to be more balanced offensively this year than last year. We´d like to have at least three people average in double-figures.
Defensively, we want to build on the foundation we laid last year. We put together some very solid halves of defense; we need to play that way for 40 minutes this year and really make our opponents grind on offense and work to score points.
The team came up with a number of goals that they think we can achieve this year. We want to continue to improve our team chemistry and make sure we have everyone on the same page every day. In order to achieve our goals we must have all 15 players, 4 coaches, and 4 managers working together; we cannot afford to have any individual motivations. We need to be about the team and the team mission and that is something we will continue to talk about and live out as the season progresses.
Q: This looks like a more challenging schedule for you. Is that a correct assumption.
Our schedule will be extremely challenging. We have five teams on our schedule ranked in the DIIIhoops.com Pre-Season top 25 and six of the 24 teams we play in the regular season were in the NCAA Tournament last year. It´s a very challenging schedule but we´re very excited about it. We start the season off with one of the traditional New England powers in Brandeis University.
We are fortunate to have four assistant coaches this year and four sets of eyes a t practice. Our student-athletes are getting more individual coaching attention. Christie Herbst, a 2007 graduate of St. Lawrence University returns for her third season as assistant coach. Katie Wilson, a 2003 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, returns to the sideline for her second season as a volunteer assistant. Amanda Johnson, a 2009 graduate of the University of Hawaii at Hilo will join us for her first season as a volunteer.
Returnee Statistics: Jenn Shinall, Jr.-G-14.3 ppg.-5.5 rpg.-51 3-pt. fgs.-3.7 apg. 2.8 spg.; Kim Horne-Jr.-G-F-4.6 ppg.-3.3 rpg.-49% fg.; Jeanna Dunleavy-So.-G-3.1 ppg.-4.4 rpg.; Tori Verrengia, Sr.-G-2.7 ppg.
Home Opener: Tuesday, Nov. 23 versus Nichols, 5:30 p.m. Please bring non-perishable food items to support our Hoops Versus Hunger Food Drive
NESCAC Opener: Friday, Jan. 14 versus Amherst, 8:00 pm., Luce Field House
November 9, 2010