Full-Court Press - Nov. 18
Nov. 18, 2010
Senior co-captains Lauren Jackson, Elizabeth Virgin and LaKeisha Wright will keep a blog on GoLeopards.com throughout the women's basketball season. The first entry looks back on preseason workouts as well as the first two games of the 2010-11 campaign.
To set a different tone for the new season, the team decided to come back to campus for the entire month of August to get a head start on conditioning and work out as a team. A normal day in August would consist of the following: early wake-up for our first of three workouts for the day, agility workouts with Coach Potts, conditioning in the afternoons and pickup games in the evenings. On the odd days, we would do group basketball workouts in the mornings, lift in the afternoons, and P90X to finish off our day! A couple of nights every week we would set aside time for team bonding activities such as movies, game nights, or team dinners. This month of workouts was tough, but to we can already tell that it has greatly contributed to our confidence, chemistry, and endurance on the court!
Our fall preseason workouts were similar to August - except for the minor addition of classes to our schedules. Although the majority of the team had been there since August it was great to finally get the California freshmen on campus and working out with the team. We hit workouts strong after the first week of classes. Our first test as a team was a timed mile. The times we had to make ranged from 6:25-7:00. We were all very nervous and some were not expected to even make our times, but we did! Following the timed mile we had 6:00 a.m. conditioning three days a week consisting of: cones (1 cone = five laps around the perimeter of the court), "sixers" (sprints on the court), sprints on the track and pool workouts when we were lucky.
Our first day of official practice was October 4th. We were all very excited about our new coaching staff and the opportunity for a fresh start to the 2010-2011 season. However, it was initially a learning experience for the whole team, coaches included, to get to know each other and the new system. For the next month of practice, we had two days off a week but two sessions on Saturday consisting of a practice first and a scrimmage against our practice players later that afternoon. Playing Bloomsburg and Delaware the week before opening up gave us the opportunity to determine our strengths and weaknesses.
The season opener was also our home opener against Bryant. It was a thrilling win in overtime, showcasing our composure and depth. Yesterday, we faced Long Island in Brooklyn. Having led the game up until the five-minute mark, it was a tough loss that went back-and-forth down to the wire. No one likes to lose, so it was an unhappy bus ride back to Easton, but we are determined to come out strong against Liberty this Saturday.
Stay classy, Leopard fans!
- LJ, Liz and Keish