The fourth-ranked Oklahoma women's basketball team will open their exhibition schedule tonight at the Lloyd Noble center when they host Lake Truck, a team of former collegiate players still trying to get into the WNBA, at 7 p.m.
Senior forward Leah Rush has joined the 1,000-point club at OU and starts the season currently in 17th place with 1,105 points. By the end of her senior season, Rush will be looked at as one of the best players in Oklahoma history, but that will be at the end of the season.
Right now, Rush is ready to get her senior season going and she was ready to talk to OUInsider.com for the Two Minute Drill.
JH: You are a very versatile player, but you have a lot of talented players on this team who are versatile don't you?
LR: "Carolyn Winchester is a strong player and the strongest girl on the team. She is not real quick or real flashy, but she does things right. She is really stepping up this year and figuring things out. She is learning a lot. Amanda Thompson is quick and flashy. She is tremendous passer and gets the ball where it needs to go. Her mid-range game and getting to the rim is the strong part of her game. She is a great finisher at the rim.
"Ashley Paris has just come a complete 180 from last year, and she had a pretty good year last year. She is really figuring out how to play basketball. She is figuring out what she is capable of doing and she is really using that to her advantage. Today, she had a great practice. She was aggressive, was really looking for her shot and was looking to score. Ashley is going to have a good year."
JH: Last year I had to tell you that you are one of the best players to ever play in this program, and you said you couldn't really pay any attention to that until after the season. So have you paid any attention to it as your senior season gets underway? Do you feel like one of the best players to ever come through this program yet?
LR: "I don't think you can say that yet. That is a nice compliment certainly, but I still have a lot to improve on. I think I have these images of some of the best players that have gone through this program, and I don't really feel like I fit into that category. Maybe 50 years from now I will look back and I will be able to say, 'Yes, I was one of the best players ever at Oklahoma.' But for the time being we will just go with that I hope to be an important part of this team this year. I think I will just take it at that."
JH: What have you worked on the most this summer?
LR: "I worked a lot on driving and then pulling up and hitting a mid-range jumper. I play all over the place there is just a lot to improve on and work on. I worked a lot on just taking care of the ball and my ball-handling, because my turnovers have just been ridiculous. I need to cut those down. So I have done a lot of ball-handling drills.
"Then just finishing off my drives to the rim has been something that I have tried to improve on. I did a lot of lifting this summer and I am a lot stronger than I have been in the past. That is going to bode well for me when it comes to finishing at the rim."
JH: Do you think where maybe all this freshmen talent can help you the most is on the defensive end? Maybe now you don't have to guard a center or big forward from the other team anymore?
LR: "I am not really sure how we are going to be defensively. I am a completely different look on defense guarding a big girl than Courtney (Paris) is. I am going to be playing in front and I am going to be like a little gnat trying to not let them get the ball. Courtney is just going to try to push them off the block and out of the lane. I think it will depend on who we are playing and that specific opponents' skills and what we need to stop them from doing."
The Sooners open their exhibition season tonight against Laketruck at 7:00 PM at the LNC.
Rush ready to get started
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