Oct. 30, 2007
With the countdown to tipoff for the Florida Atlantic women's basketball season less than two weeks away, We spoke with Head Coach Chancellor Dugan to get her thoughts on how the preseason is going so far for her team.
First off, your general thoughts on how things are going in the first couple of weeks of the pre-season.
Right now I think we're inconsistent with how we work. We've got so many young players that they don't know day-to-day to come in and work at the same consistent level. I think the upperclassmen are really doing a great job of trying to push them and trying to get them to be a little more consistent. Some days we look pretty good, and other days we don't look good at all.
Your first scrimmage was last Sunday. How did you feel like your team performed?
I thought we did pretty well. I really liked how our big kids were running up and down the floor; they did a nice job defensively. I'd like to see us get a little better on the outside defending the perimeter. And then rebounding has always been a big concern of mine, I don't think we did a very good job of blocking out and I think we're going to have to tighten up on that.
How have your newcomers performed, and who's standing out in the first couple of weeks?
Right now, the newcomer that's probably impressed me the most has been Jaimie Givens. I think she's really locking down the starting spot in the post alongside of Breana Cox. She's really come a long way; I think she's really working hard everyday. And I like our other freshmen, too. Hannah Jones has a long way to go in terms of intensity and working hard. But she's got a lot of talent and a lot of ability.
The season opener against Miami is coming up on November 9th. What do you feel like you need to see happen in order for your team to be ready for that game?
We've got to make sure that we play a lot better team defense right now. Our rotation is not real good, we've got to make sure that we're focusing in on locking down your girl, but then making sure you're there on the help side. Also, pushing the ball, I think that we've got to do a much better job of outletting and sprinting in our lines and pushing the ball down the floor. Miami is going to be a great test for us; they're going to be fired up to play that first game, as we will. And I think it's going to be a very good test for our young program.