Kim Barnes Arico on being more certain going into this year about where the playing time will come from ... "I would like to start with the seniors. My time at Michigan has been interesting because each season has been so different. My first year was incredible and I didn't know what to expect. I had a class of five seniors that were so welcoming.
"Coming into last year, they had all graduated and it was an unknown. But we had people step up, obviously starting with Cyesha Goree, Nicole Elmblad, Shannon Smith and a freshman, Siera Thompson. They did such a tremendous job for us, as well as Val Driscoll, who graduated. It was a special season for us because we didn't know what to expect. Now, coming into my third year, we have a great group of seniors returning and I think, for me, it is nice that they know the expectations, they are great leaders. Nicole is a phenomenal young lady, she has one B in her Michigan career, she is an Academic All-American, but she is also a tremendous basketball player and leader. She is a great role model for our program. Cyesha, she just had an incredible year last year. Coming in an unknown who had only played 25 minutes in her whole career to come out last year and do the things that she did was truly special. Shannon as well, coming from transferring, you never know how somebody is going to adapt and translate.
"Those three seniors will obviously lead our team this year. They have come in focused and ready to go. They are more determined than ever. I think Nicole and Cyesha have put a little pressure on themselves and I am trying to get them to just relax. You feel like it is your last go-round and especially coming off a year they both had individually last year, the expectations are high. I want them to stay within themselves, give the effort that they give each and every single day and good things will happen. Shannon has shown tremendous consistency in practice, which is exciting for me to see."
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