Kizer acknowledges the importance of her own leadership, stating that she intends to give [her] knowledge back to the freshmen in any way [she] can. However, she emphasizes that, even in comparison with her own freshman year, it has become increasingly important for this years freshmen to fulfill their own leadership roles.
Back [when I was a freshman], we had leaders who had won national championships on our team, so all I had to do was go out and play, she explained. This year, on a team with no seniors and no national championship experience, Kizer states that she is learning from the freshmen, just as they are learning from her. All of us are young and all of us can learn from each other, she said. What [the freshmen] need to bring to the team is that energy level. And I think theyve done a great job so far.
And Kizer reports that this style of cooperative leadership has paid off so far. She has seen the benefits of the teams unified commitment in both defense and conditioning. We played phenomenal defense [in practice] yesterday, I mean everybody was just really getting after it, she said. And just being able to run the court, I think thats something we really pride ourselves on doing right now.