"1st game prep, Cool guy steps, Locker room chat, On to the next
....Season awaiting, Music is blazing, Warm up drills for the fans anticipating
...This is habitual, Game time critical, Catch me on the next Coach Walz Scoop Lyrical."
Just a preview of my thoughts as the team, staff and I prepared for our 1st game last Tuesday against Pikeville. This exhibition game was the first piece of basketball action this season that our fans saw us take part in. It was also our Elementary School Day. Over 4,000 students joined us at the YUM Center to watch the game. The girls were pumped and energy was high. I couldn't wait to get a few initial observations of our game play. Overall, I thought it was a solid effort from my girls. We were able to run a lot of plays that we're still mastering in practice. The team chemistry was also good, which carried over into Saturday's game against Loyola University Chicago.
We have amazing depth this year; in both games, at least 11 of our 14 players scored. When I bring the starting five out, the next five are able to continue the momentum with no hesitation. So I'm really excited about the depth and talent we have this year, especially with Tia, Asia and Shawnta' coming off of injuries from last season. In our first game, it was an honor to coach against Hall of Fame player Sheryl Swoopes. She is going to do great things at Loyola.
Our preseason WNIT continued with our game against Quinnipiac last night. This is a very talented team that came to compete. Offensively, I thought we were solid. But to make it to Nashville, we have to do a better job of stopping teams. We have to become more defensive-minded. We brought home a win, and next up is LSU tomorrow. The first 2,500 fans to show up will get free beer on me...of course, you have to be 21 or older ;-) See you and your family there!
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