RIT Women’s Basketball 2019-20 Preview

RIT Women’s Basketball 2019-20 Preview


I’m pretty excited. We have worked really hard in the preseason. The team has really bought in to the weight
room. We’ve had a lot of leadership outside of our
captains, who have really done a great job. Obviously, the point guard position is a really
important one to fill and Taylor has done a really amazing job stepping up. She’s growing in her leadership role every
single day. She’s really knocking down shots. She’s really worked hard on her outside shooting. She’s doing that. So, she’s really kind of taken the reins and
taken over as a sophomore. Ta’Niya Kees is a freshman point guard and
she’s doing an incredible job – super athletic – can really get the ball up and down the
floor and can shoot a little bit from the outside too. So – uh – that’s exciting to look forward
to. We’re really good in the post and this year
we have quite a few players who can really get it done down there – and a lot of really
good athletes. Kaleesha Joseph from Boston has done amazing
things. She’s gonna start for us and Meg Roy from
New Hampshire – she’s great with her back to the basket – and Ace, obviously, coming
back as a sophomore. So we’re really young and a lot deeper in
the post – and then obviously we have some other great key players coming back in Sabrina
and Brooke. Can’t go wrong with those two out on the court. Brooke has been an incredible leader. She’s gonna have a fantastic senior year. Sabrina has been an incredible leader, as
well. She has been shooting the ball really well
– and Sarah Henretta. She’s really one of those self-made players
who has worked really hard in the off-season and is gonna be 6th man for us this year so
she’s gonna see a lot of time. So, we’re really excited. Defensively, we’re a lot quicker so I think
we’re gonna be able to experiment with some different things but, again, we’re still trying
to figure out the puzzle pieces and what works for us – what doesn’t? We still like to play uptempo. That’s kind of something we’ve always liked
to do so we’re looking forward to doing that again. We have a lot to live up to and we also need
to focus on ‘one day at a time’ and being in the moment – and just getting better every
single day. We have a really tough non-conference schedule. We have a unique situation in the Northeast
where we have a lot of top 25 teams right in our backyard so it’s great to be able to
have these relationships and these continuous games that we’ve had with these teams over
the years. So, we’re gonna have a good test in the beginning
to see kind of where we are and what we need to do – and the Liberty League, obviously,
is great. There’s a lot of really strong teams so there’s
no easy games on the schedule. We’re just really big on making sure that
we’re holding each other accountable and we have individual goals that we’re setting. We’re about team goals but about helping people
achieve as individuals as well and we also have a very open and collaborative culture. So, you know, as coaches we want to know what
the players think when they’re out there. I really want to collaborate with these players
and know what they like and don’t like because if you’re running something and they’re not
bought into it, it’s not gonna work. I feel like we’re all on the same page with
what we need to do and how we need to do it – and we really want to make the NCAAs and
go beyond the Sweet 16 this year. That’s our goal. So, what are we gonna do to get there? And so, it’s really cool that everyone’s super
committed. Everyone’s in the gym and they’re ready so
that’s really exciting to see – that everyone’s on board and everyone’s willing to put in
the work. We want to try to challenge ourselves.

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