Thursday, August 27, 2009

Women's standouts early on

I wanted to put something on here about the women's team. Like the men, the Aggies have eight hours a week with players until practice starts in October. Only two of those hours can be on the court with skill instruction and only in groups of four.

Aggies coach Darin Spence said he has worked out with his players three times, mixing up the groups each time.

"As a group, the entire group has grown up a lot since a year ago," Spence said. "The maturity level is a lot higher even though we are sophomores, juniors and some freshmen. They are much more mature than they were a year ago."

I asked Spence for some standouts so far;

6-foot-3 sophomore Cindy Ekweozor was the first one he talked about.Spence said he expects her to contribute more in the pain this year after she had spot minutes last year.
"Cindy really came back much much better. Her attention span, work ethic and intensity is night and day better. As a 6-3 rebounder and defender, she can really help us when we play big teams. She is someone that we really hope can give us minutes this year."

After not playing basketball last season, junior college transfer guard Jasmine Lowe is working her way into shape. Lowe will play both guard positions. Sophomore Kelsie Rozendaal has improved her conditioning and junior guard Danisha Corbett is coming off thumb surgery on her shooting hand. Corbett hurt the injury in San Diego last season and played through it, getting surgery in the spring. Spence said it has forced her to improve her ball handling with her left hand.

Spence said all three freshmen are doing well. Camilla Rosen is coming off of knee injury that kept her off the court as a senior last year. Christina Fletcher from Illinois is a 6-1 post whose athleticism has come as a pleasant surprise.

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