LAKE CHARLES– Monday is the first official practice for women’s basketball teams across the country and the McNeese Cowgirls will hold their first official practice at Burton Coliseum beginning at 4:30 p.m.
“We are ready to get started. This group has truly had a special pre-season, maybe our best in my time here at McNeese. They have worked extremely hard in the weight room, on the field, on the court and in the classroom. We have pushed each other to get better everyday. We are all ready to get on the court together and see where we are, said head coach Brooks Williams”.
The Cowgirls will begin their quest for a conference championship, a goal every team sets prior to the season. The back-to-back Southland Conference Tournament champions and NCAA Tournament team is coming off a 26-8 overall record and a 13-3 conference record.
McNeese returns the Baggett twins (Ashlyn and Cailtyn) along with senior Adrienne Minor, junior NeTanya Jones and sophomores Alaina Verdin, Taylor Gaedtke and Ashley Salazar. Verdin is coming off a redshirt season after a season ending knee injury. Also returning is redshirt freshman Shayln Riley who also suffered a season ending injury prior to last season.
The 2012-13 team will boast six newcomers in freshmen Allison Baggett (Iota High), Jayln Johnson (Jennings High), Jasmine Prophet (Hightower High), Charity Robinson (Ouchita High) and transfers Cecilia Okoye (Tyler JC) and Arianna James (Lon Morris JC).
“We have some new faces, players and coaches, mixed in with the old and we are anxious to see how everyone works together on the court. We have battled in individual workouts. The competition level has definitely increased. We have girls battling each other every single day which is extremely fun to watch and be a part of.”
McNeese will host Wiley College Oct. 29 in a 7 p.m. exhibition game at Burton Coliseum before the regular season opener at Vanderbilt on Nov. 10. McNeese’s regular season opener is a noon contest against Texas Southern on Nov. 17. McNeese will open Southland Conference play on Jan. 3 at Northwestern State.
“We have a ton of work to do on the court. Defensively, it is time to get to work. We lost our top two rebounders and post defenders so we have a big challenge to fill those shoes. I have confidence in the young ladies that are here and know it will be a battle.
Monday can’t come soon enough for me. We are ready to get after it.”
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Women’s Basketball Begins Official Practice Monday
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