Monday kicked off the first day of official practice for the Florida Women’s Basketball team. The excitement didn’t end there, yesterday the team met the media for the first time. Gator Women’s Basketball head coach Cam Newbauer started the day off with a press conference and player availability followed.
Sophomore Delicia Washington returns to the team with a year of experience under her belt, but more importantly, SEC experience. Last year, her speed and quickness were key assets to the Gator offense. Washington averaged 11.1 points per game. At the point guard position, the team relied heavily on her contributions. This year will be no different as the team enters into a rebuilding stage. Washington said that learning a new system and adjusting hasn’t been easy, but she appreciates the support from coaches.
The former SEC freshmen of the year said one of her goals this year is to become a better leader for her teammates. She said that seniors Haley Lorenzen, Paulina Hersler, and Dyandria Anderson have all been good leaders. Those three have shown her what qualities make up a leader. In addition, she said she also would like to continue to be a role model, especially for the three freshmen.
— Gators WBasketball (@GatorsWBK) October 3, 2017
On Tuesday, Coach Newbauer began his press conference with a sigh of relief that the season does not start for another 28 days. He said that although the team has made progress, they simply are not quite ready to play under the bright lights.
However, Coach Newbauer said that he has been pleased with how the team has really come to embrace him and the new staff. In the last six months, he has taught the players new approaches to the game. Most notably, their focus on communication. Coach Newbauer said that both details and communication are equally important when it comes to obtaining success.
During his time here, Coach Newbauer said that he is amazed with how great the people are in Gainesville. But the Indiana native is even more amazed that he can see real gators up close and personal at Lake Alice.
This year, the Gators have nine non-conference home games, with the season tipping off on November 11th. More news on the team will continue to be brought to you as we follow the team leading up to the season opener.