Staley said it was great to get back in the swing of things and be back with the team.
“It was good to see how they progressed over the past month, and they weren’t disappointing at all,” stated Staley on Tuesday.
The main thing the head coach wants to focus on this year is making space for her players.
“Getting them to not be on train tracks so much; just allowing them to play basketball and read and react to what the defense has given us.”
With five freshman joining the roster, Staley said the newcomers have some talent.
“I think you got a pretty good freshman group that they feel apart of it. They don’t feel like there’s so much pressure on them to perform.”
South Carolina-native A’ja Wilson falls under that group and has been working hard to gain weight in the gym and improve her game on the court. Wilson comes from Heathwood Hall in Hopkins, S.C. and has high expectations for this upcoming season.
“We’re blessed to be in this position, to be No. 2, but you know, we are still trying to win that national championship,” said Wilson.
Last season, the Gamecocks finished off 20-5 overall and 14-2 in conference play falling to North Carolina in NCAA tournament. This year, Staley says the goal is to take home a national championship.
“I think it’s out there that we are one of the top teams in the country, and we have to play to that part. The players are saying it, and they believe in it. You know, you got to go with it.”
South Carolina will host Coker in an exhibition game on Sun., Nov. 2, at 3 p.m. at Colonial Life Arena. Admission for the exhibition is free. The regular season begins with three home games, starting with a visit from Southern California on Sat., Nov. 15.
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