The WSU women’s basketball team will face off in an exhibition game against Seattle Pacific University Saturday at 1 p.m.
During the 2010-2011 season, the Cougars tied for seventh place in the Pac-10 conference with a 6-12 record. The seventh place marked the best the team has competed in more than 10 years. The overall record for the 2010-2011 season was 8-23.
Seattle Pacific’s overall record for the 2010-2011 season was 20-9.
“It’s very early in the season, this exhibition game, and our focus is just getting the Cougar system in on both ends of the floor and getting our players to play together,” Head Coach June Daugherty said. “I think our players have done a good job with that so far.”
The team is doing a lot of thinking on the court, which is normal because they’re learning everyday, she said. When a person is learning, they’re thinking, and they’re not always doing things as fast as the coaches want them to do at this level of basketball, she said.
“The progress and improvement everyday has been substantial,” Daugherty said. “We just want to keep going in that positive direction.”
The team has been working hard in practice on the executions of plays and defenses, redshirt sophomore forward Sage Romberg said. The Cougar system is one of zone defensive, man defensive and new plays that will be seen Saturday, she said.
The team has focused on studying the defensive sets and offensive plays, redshirt senior guard April Cook said. The members of the team have mixed together now to form a good team dynamic that flows on the court, she said.
“I think our upperclassmen, especially our seniors, are doing a great job as far as leaders of this program and setting the tone on and off the court of what it takes to prepare for the season we want to have,” she said.
The importance of exhibition games is that they are rare, and that the team only plays in a few each season, she said. Placing seventh in the Pac-10 served as a great motivator for the team, but to take it to the next step, the team has to improve each day, she said.
“We’re going to come out there with high energy from the start,” Romberg said. “We want to start every game with a lot of energy. We got to start out quick and prove ourselves that we’ve gotten better over the summer and fall.”
The team has focused on studying the defensive sets and offensive plays, Cook said. The members of the team have mixed together at this point to form a good team dynamic that flows on the court, she said.
“Our team goal for SPU is to win, and that’s it,” she said.