CN: What was your favorite memory from last year?
CN: For you what has the adjustment been like going from five seniors to five freshmen?
MR: For one thing it's really hard not seeing the seniors anymore. They've all gone separate ways and now we hardly see them anymore. The biggest adjustment that I've figured out already is the fact that we're the leaders now. We are the ones that everyone is looking at to lead the team. It's a lot of responsibility, which I give a lot of credit to last year's senior class, because they did an amazing job.
CN: How have the freshmen been looking over the summer?
MR: They all have been around taking
summer classes throughout the past couple months, which as helped them get
CN: Has any one in particular stood out?
MR: All five of them have shown great improvements over the summer.
CN: How have Kandice Beenken, Lisa Bildeaux, Sierra Dawson and Abby Reinert looked over the summer?
MR: Kandice, Lisa and Sierra have
been with us all the whole summer playing and working out in the weight room,
and all of them look great. Abby had an internship in
CN: Coach Fennelly said you and Lyndsey had been organizing games and stuff this summer, how has that gone?
MR: Really well. We've had organized games going the whole summer, three nights a week. We just finished up last week and I thought having a majority of the girls around to play together was great. Everyone made great strides over the course of the summer.
CN: Do you and Lyndsey feel any more pressure than normal for next season or are you guys kind of used to it since you've been playing for two years now?
MR: To be honest I think Lynds and I are used to the pressures that go along with big games, but the biggest factor we might have to deal with is finding a way to make the transition for the freshmen as smooth as possible. I can remember actually what those five girls are feeling. I was in the same boat two years ago when I was thrown right in. There's a lot of excitement and at the same time there's an uneasy feeling of not knowing exactly what to expect. Our job is to make sure they feel comfortable playing at this level right away.
CN: What have you been doing this summer?
MR: A variety of things…I took a
summer class at
CN: Was there any particular area in your game you've been working on?
MR: I've really been working on attacking the basket a lot more. I know there are going to be moments in the game where I'm going to have to handle the ball more, and at this point, everyone knows that I shoot the 3-pointer. I'm just trying to add another piece to my game I guess.
CN: What's the outlook for next season?
MR: I know the talk going around is that, "this is going to be a rebuilding year." We're not looking at that way at all. If anything we're even more driven to make it back to the NCAA's. It was great to make it into the tournament last year, but we're looking to try and go farther. Of course, the Big 12 Tournament is always up there too. The past two seasons we've made it to the second game and then lost. Now we're looking to try and do better than the past two seasons.