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By Tyler Feldman, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - As the Penn State Lady Lions (9-3) prepare for their Big Ten
conference regular season opener against Iowa (12-3) on the road tomorrow,
let's take a moment to examine how dazzling Coquese Washington's Lady Lions
have performed on the defensive side of the ball thus far this season.
12 games the Lady Lions are on pace to break a handful of defensive-related
school records. Currently, the record for lowest opponent field goal percentage
in a season is .358 set during the 2011-12 season. However, this year's squad
is on pace to shatter that record, holding their opponents to a paltry .341
shooting percentage through 12 games.
size has been helpful for us and has allowed us to mix it up defensively," said
Washington. "We have been able to play a little bit more zone than we've played
in years past. That's helped us contest more shots and make people take some
tougher shots. I think our size and the fact that we can play a little zone
both have something to do with it [defensive success]."
down low certainly creates problems for the opposition, but having athletic
bigs has allowed Washington to explore several different defensive looks.
Having options while not handling the ball has allowed this Lady Lions team to
consistently catch their opponents off-guard.
of an athletic frontcourt, junior Tori Waldner and senior Talia East have been
the two driving forces in charge of fueling this defensive state of mind. Not
only have they provided constant defensive sparks with their shot-blocking
abilities, but they have also dispensed their experience onto the freshmen
and Talia have both been pretty effective at blocking shots, contesting shots and
especially creating second chance opportunities when we're on offense," said
Washington. "Their contributions on the defensive end have been really
important and key for us this year."
East and Waldner rank among the
school leaders in blocking shots, with Waldner blocking at least one shot in
each the last 11 games.
The duo has acted as twin towers in
the lane this season. East is now sitting in 15th place in school
history with 72 blocks, while Waldner is tied for 16th place with 68
swats in three seasons.
It is safe to say that the
occasional transition from man-to-man to zone has aided the high block tallies
and strong defensive numbers.
What zone allows Washington to
expose are the opponents' offensive weaknesses. Zone restricts the opposition
in a couple of ways. First, it makes scoring easy layups inside very difficult.
Second, the zone slows down the pace of the game and allows the defense, not
the offense, to control the tempo.
And, when the opposition beats the
zone with timely passing and strong perimeter shooting, Washington has strong
guard play to transition back and confuse the opposing offense.
the Lady Lions' success on defense is the fact that no team has shot better
than 45% this season. The only team to shoot better than 40% was top-ranked
UConn, which connected on 43.9% of its shots.
A key to holding opponents to such a low
percentage from the field circles around the leadership of the seniors on this
"[The seniors] are really good at helping [the freshmen] understand
perspective, especially with the conference teams," said Washington. "They help
provide the context that the freshmen need."
Although Washington noted the importance of
the talented freshmen gaining "perspective" from the seniors, she stressed that
it is up to each individual player to learn from each and every conference game.
"There's nothing like experience," said Washington. "I heard all these stories
about how beautiful the Eifel Tower was, but when I went and saw it for myself
it was a much different experience."
What Washington means is the seniors can only guide the freshmen in preparation
for conference play so much. Until the first-year players actually experience it,
they will not fully understand the competitiveness the conference embodies.
Big Ten play commences tomorrow for the Lady Lions, but that won't stop them
from continuing to chase defensive records. Look for Washington to continue to
rotate between man and zone defense in an effort to hamper opposing offenses.
The No. 17/15 Lady Lions will travel to Iowa City, Iowa, tomorrow carrying
their defensive state of mind and their luggage as they get set to take on the No.
23/22 Hawkeyes at 3 p.m. inside Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
By Tyler Feldman, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - Despite playing for the first time in seven days, the Lady Lions
had no problems shaking off the holiday rust against Hartford on Sunday at the Bryce
Jordan Center. Thanks to a well-balanced offensive attack, Penn State stormed
past the Hawks, 70-56, to close out its non-conference schedule.
the Lady Lions were held without a three-pointer (0-for-8) for the first time
since November 30, 2011 - a span of 73 games - Coquese Washington received
offensive contributions from 10 of her players, five of whom tallied six or
"We're getting great contributions
from our bench," said senior guard Maggie Lucas. "I think our starting five is
continuing to gel every game. [Dara Taylor] played well and Ariel [Edwards] played
well. We're getting a lot of contributions from a lot of people."
The challenging non-conference slate
has provided several opportunities of growth for Washington's young squad. From
where this Penn State team began, to where they are now, it is clear to
Washington that her team is starting to mesh into a dangerous unit.
However, she still feels that this
team is smart enough, and talented enough, to continue to make strides on the
"I thought we could've had more
points if we converted more second chance shots," said Washington. "I thought
we got a lot of shots around the basket that didn't fall. We missed quite a few
layups and shots in the paint. I think if we made those, we could've had 10 or
12 more points."
Led by seniors Maggie Lucas and
Ariel Edwards, who together combined for 33 points, the Lady Lions shot a favorable
28-for-65 from the field (43.1 percent).
While Edwards notched 13 of her 15 points
in the first half on 5-of-7 shooting, Lucas was the go-to scorer in the second
half, chalking up 10 of her 18 points on 5-of-14 shooting.
"I feel like that's kind of what our
team does," said senior forward Ariel Edwards. "Anyone on our team has the
ability to score points. I think it just happened in that first half that I was
able to get some points and then Maggie took over in the second half."
the win the Lady Lions notched their fourth consecutive season with at least
nine non-conference victories, extending the Blue and White's season record to
forward, Washington and her Lady Lions have their minds set on the start of the
Big Ten regular season.
"The thing about Big Ten play is
there are a lot of different styles that we're going to see," said Washington.
"Some play faster, some play slower. Some are more defensive minded. For us,
it's going to be a matter of focus and discipline to execute the game plan that
we need to do on a nightly basis."
Penn State opens Big Ten play with a
tough road test against Iowa on Sunday, January 5. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. in
"We're very excited for Big Ten
play," said Edwards. "It's something to look forward to. It's our [the seniors]
last go around. We're excited to get into that part of our season."
PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team will close out their
non-conference schedule on Sunday, Dec. 29 with a 2 p.m. contest vs. Hartford.
The Lady Lions (8-3) enter the weekend ranked No. 15 in the AP Poll and No. 17
in the USA Today Coaches Poll and will host the Hawks (3-9).
NOTES: vs. Hartford
This will be the second meeting in program history, with Penn State claiming a
71-65 victory at the Caribbean Challenge in 2010. The Lady Lions hit 10
three-pointers in the contest. Maggie Lucas and Ariel Edwards both had solid
games, with the then-freshmen duo netting 27 and 13 points, respectively.
What To Watch For - Penn State
Closing Non-Conference Play: Penn State will
close out their non-conference schedule on the hardwood with today's contest
vs. Hartford. The Lady Lions own a record of 25-2 over the past four seasons in
non-conference home games. They are 5-2 in game played at the Bryce Jordan
Center this season, with their two losses coming against No. 1 UConn and No. 5
Tori on the Block: We talked about
junior Tori Waldner last prior to last weekend's contest vs. Alcorn State, but
the junior turned in another solid effort against the Lady Braves. Waldner recorded
her second straight game with double-digit rebounds - pulling down 10 boards
vs. Alcorn State - and swatted four more shots to bring her season total to 20
blocks. She now has at least one block in 10 straight games.
Taylor Made: Senior guard Dara Taylor
has been a big part of the Lady Lions early season success and an 8-3 record.
The speedy point guard has topped her career-high in points twice this season,
including a 20-point effort vs. Alcorn State last weekend, and has eight games
with four-plus assists and seven games with three-or-more steals to help ignite
Penn State's fast pace offense.
To Watch For - Hartford
No Place Like the Road: Hartford
has claimed all three of their victories on the road this season, while owning
a 0-3 mark at home. The Hawks are 3-4 away from their on-campus arena, with
wins over Loyola (Md.), Maine and Sacred Heart. There two highest scoring games
- and only two 60-plus point games - have come on the road.
Freshmen Leading the Way: Like Penn
State, Hartford is getting major contributions from their freshmen class.
Rookies Deanna Mayza, Morgan Lumb and Alyssa Reaves have all led the team in
scoring in at least one game. To date, the Hawks freshmen class has combined
for over 40 percent of the Hawks points with Mayza (t-1st), Lumb (4th) and
Reaves (5th) among the top-five leading scorers.
Thievery and Threes: Junior guard
Amber Bepko is among the career leaders at Hartford in steals and three
pointers made in her career. The junior needs 28 steals to crack the top-10 in
all-time career steals and is among the top-10 in school history in three
pointers made. She currently has 81 three point baskets which places her ninth
all-time and 63 of her 98 field goal attempts have been from beyond the arch in
PARK, Pa. - Senior point guard Dara Taylor had a feeling it was going to be a
good afternoon in the Bryce Jordan Center when her first two jump shot attempts
went down on Sunday.
The Wilmington, Del., native knocked down the game's first two baskets, and
Taylor did not look back from there. She
reached 20 points for the first time in her career on a red-hot 9-for-12 from
the field. Taylor also had seven steals
and four assists in Penn State's 85-62 victory over Alcorn State.
"It doesn't feel any different than any other game. We were just focused
on getting the win today," Taylor said.
"My shot felt good and I found some easy shots in transition...After
my first two shots went in, I knew I was going to shoot the ball pretty
Head coach Coquese Washington liked Taylor's approach on the offense end of the
"I thought she was very aggressive offensively and we like our players to
be aggressive offensively," Washington said. "I thought she kind of came out and set
the tone for us being aggressive on the offensive end."
With the Big Ten season just around the corner, Washington said that Sunday's
victory provided a great opportunity to get several younger players significant
minutes. In all, 10 different Lions
played 11 or more minutes in Sunday's game.
"Well, we did get to play a lot of our young kids, get them some
experience that they sorely needed," Washington said. "They sorely needed to be out there and
play and get a sense of what it feels like on game day. I think that contributed to the ebbs and
flows of the game...The experience our young kids got is going to be
The Lady Lions head into the holiday week with an 8-3 mark. Washington said she is pleased with the
progress the Lions have made, but understands there is a lot of room for improvement. Nonetheless, optimism is high as the Big Ten
"Moving forward, I think there are a lot of things we can get better at,"
said Washington. "We're making
steps but we have a lot of steps yet to make and we have to develop a level of
consistency, a level of individual consistency and team consistency that has to
improve as we move into conference play."
Penn State will get three days off around the Christmas holiday before getting
back to work on Thursday in preparation for the final non-conference game of
the season against Hartford on Dec. 29.
Big Ten play begins on Jan. 5 at Iowa.
PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team continues their homestand on
Sunday, Dec. 22 with an 11 a.m. contest vs. Alcorn State. The Lady Lions (7-3)
enter the weekend ranked No. 17 in the AP Poll and No. 18 in the USA Today
Coaches Poll and will host the Lady Braves (1-8), who enter the contest after a
63-50 loss at Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday evening.
GAME NOTES: Alcorn
Penn State will meet the Lady Braves for the first time in program history and
own a 4-0 record against teams in the current alignment of the Southwestern
Athletic Conference (SWAC). Penn State has defeated Alabama A&M, Jackson
State and twice toppled Prairie View A&M.
What To Watch For - Penn State
Building Momentum: Penn State
rebounded from a loss at South Dakota State with a victory over then-No. 20/24
Texas A&M last week and will have to more games before starting Big Ten
play on Sunday, Jan. 5. The Lady Lions will host Alcorn State today before
taking a quick holiday break and returning to Happy Valley for a Dec. 29 bout
Waldner Protecting the Paint: Junior
forward Tori Waldner has been a force in the paint for the Blue and White in
2013-14 and had one of her best performances against Texas A&M last Sunday.
The Milton, Ga. Native pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds and blocked three
shots. On the season, Waldner now has a team-best 16 blocks - including at
least one block in nine straight games - and currently ranks second on the team
with 6.2 rebounds per game.
Lucas Continues Climb: Senior guard
Maggie Lucas continues her ascent towards the top of the Penn State scoring
charts. Lucas became the fifth player in school history to reach the
2,000-point plateau and moved into third place in school history with 2,054
career points after a 26-point effort vs. Texas A&M. She is now 199 points
shy of moving into the No. 2 spot, currently held by Susan Robinson with 2,253
To Watch For - Alcorn State
Another New Face: Alcorn
State will be meeting the Lady Lions for the first time in program history on
Sunday in the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Braves have already played four
opponents for the first time in program history, defeating Nebraska-Omaha and dropping
games to Central Arkansas, James Madison and East Carolina.
Leading the Lady Braves: Senior
Tierro Frost is the top scorer for the Lady Braves this season, entering Sunday's
matchup averaging 15.4 points per contest. She is the only ASU player averaging
in double figures, with Ashtin NcNichols averaging 9.0 points in just two games
played. Frost also leads the team in assists (9) and steals (13), while sitting
second on the squad in rebounds (44) and blocked shots (5).
Calling Flint Home: The birthplace of
General Motors, Flint, Mich. is also home to Penn State head coach Coquese
Washington and Alcorn State head coach Tonya Edwards. Edwards and Washington
have met as opponents at every level, playing high school basketball against
one another, meeting in college, and playing vs. each other in both the ABL and
WNBA. Edwards played her high school basketball at Northwestern and attended
the University of Tennessee, while Washington prepped at Central High School
and played collegiately for Notre Dame. The two met only once in college, a
77-54 victory for the senior Edwards' No. 1 Lady Vols over the freshman
Washington's Fighting Irish.
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff
PARK, Pa. - As Penn State Lady Lion basketball has returned to national
recognition, a lot of focus has been on the job Coquese Washington has done
during her seven-year tenure.
Washington's name has vaulted into the group of up-and-coming college head coaches
over the past two season and some current elite women's basketball coaches
shared that sentiment earlier this year.
Notre Dame graduate began her collegiate head coaching career at Penn State in
2007 and has made three NCAA tournament appearances and won two regular season Big
Ten Conference championships in the past three years.
right on top of [her game]...she's the best young coach in the country," said
Notre Dame head coach Muffet McGraw. "When a couple coaches retire, I think
she's going to be the one [coach] that everyone looks to."
all starts with recruiting for Washington, who has had three top-20 recruiting
classes since 2008, including a top-10 ranked 2013 class. Washington has
recruited players specific to the program's need and has developed a diverse
group of stars during her time as head coach for the Blue and White.
Recruiting is where it all starts for elite programs according to legendary
Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma, who said Washington has done a tremendous
job in getting the right players to Penn State.
think Coquese has done a great job of recruiting to her style of play," he
said. "That's probably one of the reasons why fans love coming to their [Penn
State's] games. This is one of those places where you can be really successful and
create a lot of excitement and get a lot of people from the community
has done just that especially during the past three seasons that have ended in
NCAA tournament appearances. The annual "Pink Zone" game has attracted over
11,000 fans since 2011, including 14,173 in 2013.
has also become active in the community with "Coquese's Drive" which raised
over 18-thousand dollars for the Women's Resource Center in the sixth annual golf
those efforts with her leadership, development of players and results on the
court; it has been hard not to notice what the Penn State Lady Lion program has
become over the recent years.
are probably twenty schools in the country that people think are really, really
good and they're one of them," Auriemma said of Penn State.
besides building one of the top programs in America, Washington has been very
active in the women's basketball world as well. She currently resides as the
Vice President/President-Elect for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association
and is on the board of directors of the NCAA Women's Basketball Issues
work at Penn State and in the realm of women's basketball has led many current
coaches to believe Washington is the future of coaching in the sport.
knows what's good for the game of women's basketball," said McGraw. "She can
take her institutional hat off, which a lot of people can't do, and really
think about of what's good for women's basketball and what we need for growth
in the game.
is going to be the best coaches in the country... she's the best young coach in
the country right now. When a couple coaches retire, I think she's going to be
the one that everyone looks at to lead the game."
will enter her seventh Big Ten season on Jan. 5 at Iowa after the final non-conference
games of the season with Alcorn State Sunday, Dec. 22 and Hartford on Sunday, Dec.
Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer
PARK, Pa. - It was classic Lady Lion basketball on Sunday at the Bryce Jordan
Center on Sunday, Dec. 15 as Penn State hosted then-No. 20/24 Texas A&M.
The Lady Lions entered the contest ranked 12th in the NCAA and dominated the
glass in the second half, played stifling defense and watched their best
offensive scorer go to work in the scoring column culminating in a 66-58 win
over the Aggies.
State started off hot in the first half opening the game with a 12-0 run with
scoring from Lucas, Ariel Edwards and Dara Taylor. Texas A&M then found a
way to negate their 0-for-13 shooting start and made a run midway through to
half to take a 27-19 lead. The Lady Lions countered with an 11-1 run to take a
30-28 lead into the break.
second half was where things got rolling for Penn State and Lucas led the way
scoring nine of the first 11 points of the half. Lucas added 10 more points in
her 17-point second half and 27-point afternoon, guiding Penn State past a
tough Aggie team.
thought she got some pretty good looks," said Penn State head coach Coquese
Washington. "Maggie [Lucas] picked up the load. She made some really good shots
and she made some tough shots. She did a good job reading the defense to figure
out where her openings were going to be."
Texas A&M head coach Gary Blair, Lucas' performance was no surprise. The
11th year head coach spoke highly of Lucas in the postgame press conference and
even said he used her as an example to his players before the game.
told my kids before shoot around, I said 'Watch'," Blair said referencing
Lucas. "An hour and thirty minutes before the game, Maggie Lucas was on the
floor shooting. That's what the great ones do. The good ones talk about it, the
great ones find the gym and get their mojo working."
mojo was working, especially in the second half. She didn't do it alone though,
as the Penn State rebounding attack improved greatly in the final 20 minutes of
play. Texas A&M tallied just three offensive rebounds in the half, compared
to 13 in the first half.
Talia East in foul trouble, Tori Waldner and Edwards combined for eight of Penn
State's 16 defensive rebounds shutting Texas A&M out of any second-chance
opportunities. Because of the zone Washington uses, defensive rebounding can be
hard to come by because of the gaps it creates, but she has stressed her team
has to find a way to counter that and she thought they did a good job of doing
so in the second half.
takes the team a while to figure out where the rebounds were going to come from
and how people are crashing the boards during a game," said Washington. "I thought the second half we did a much
better job of rebounding out of the zone. Tori [Waldner], in particular, just
did a much better job of attacking the backboard."
strong second half led to the win against Texas A&M Sunday, but still has
Washington searching for a complete two-halve performance with just two
non-conference games remaining before their Big Ten opener against Iowa on Jan.
However, Washington did say she thought the win Sunday was certainly a step in
the right direction.
did a better job today in putting two halves together but we aren't quite there
yet," she said. "That's the thing we have to do. I think the more experience we
get with this team and this unit playing together, that will come."
State hosts Alcorn State on Dec. 22 and Hartford on Dec. 29 to cap the 2013
non-conference season. Both games are at the Bryce Jordan Center.
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PARK, Pa. - The Penn State women's basketball team returns home to start a
three-game homestand on Sunday (Dec. 15) against Texas A&M. The No. 12/12
Lady Lions (6-3) welcome No. 20/24 Aggies (5-2) to the Bryce Jordan Center for
a 2 p.m. tipoff.
GAME NOTES: Texas
Penn State trailed by 20 points at halftime on Wednesday at South Dakota State,
but rallied in the second half to pull within one point, however, the
Jackrabbits held on down the stretch for an 83-79 victory. Three players
reached double figures for Penn State, with Ariel Edwards netting 24 points,
Maggie Lucas scoring 20 points and Dara Taylor adding 19.
The all-time series is tied (1-1), with Penn State snapping Texas A&M's
long home court non-conference winning streak last season and the Aggies
winning the first meeting in 2008 at the Timeout 4 HIV/AIDS Tournament in
What To Watch For - Penn State
Bouncing Back Under Washington:
Penn State has not lost consecutive games since dropping back-to-back Big Ten
contests during the 2011-12 season. At that time, Penn State lost at Ohio
State, 89-67, before falling to Purdue at home, 51-49, in February of 2012. The
Lady Lions have followed up a loss with a win on 17 straight occasions,
including this season vs. Bucknell and at Georgetown.
Edwards Goes for 24: Senior Ariel
Edwards tied her career-high on Wednesday at South Dakota State by scoring 24
points on 9-of-12 shooting. The Elmont, N.Y. native, tied the mark she set last
season against Detroit on Nov. 23, 2012 at the Radisson Hotel Chatsworth
Thanksgiving Tournament. It is her third career 20-point game, with the other
coming against St. Francis (23) in the 2013-14 season opener.
Home for the Holidays: Penn State will
be at home for their next three games starting tonight against the Aggies. The
Blue and White will host Alcorn State (12/22) before heading home for a quick
holiday break. They will then welcome Hartford to the Bryce Jordan Center on
Dec. 29 before hitting the road to begin Big Ten play on Jan. 5, 2014 at Iowa.
To Watch For - Texas A&M
Looking for Revenge: This
will be the second game in the home-and-home series, which began with a Penn
State victory over Texas A&M last season at Reed Arena. The Lady Lions
claimed a 63-58 decision to end the Aggies 58-game non-conference home winning
streak that dated back to the 2003 season.
Limiting the Opposition: The Aggies are
ranked 13th in the NCAA defensively, allowing 54.4 points per game, allowing
only three opponents to crack the 60-point mark. The Aggies have limited two
opponents to fewer than 40 points - Prairie View A&M (27) & San Diego
State (35) - and also held North Texas to just 45 points.
Against the Rankings: Texas A&M
has won their last three games against ranked opponents away from home and
claimed four of their last five such contests. They also like playing the No.
12 team in the rankings, winning their last three contests vs. the 12th ranked
team - defeating Oklahoma (2009-10) and twice beating Texas (2008-09 &
By Mike Esse, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff
PARK, Pa. - Two words: patience and dedication. Put those two together and you
get Lady Lion senior Talia East.
6-foot-3 forward from Philadelphia wasn't seeing the playing time she wanted in
her first two years due to injuries and veterans in front of her. In 2012-13,
East began to show flashes of the player she could be and now in her final year
in Happy Valley, she is a dominating force inside for the Lady Lions. Blossomed
first word, patience, has been the key for East. It took her more time than she
would have liked to crack the starting lineup on a consistent basis, but East
wouldn't have it any other way because she now understands her role on the
about understanding what the team needs from you," said East. "As soon as you
understand that and excel at your role, you're going to get a bigger role and then
you look up and you're starting on a top-10 team in the nation. It was just about
understanding my role and exceling at it.
East's emergence doesn't surprise her coaches and teammates because of the
amount of work she put in over the summer and over the past three years. Now,
she's averaging just over 20 minutes a game, 6.8 rebounds and 6.6 points per
game while shooting 52 percent from the floor, all drastic improvements from
one year ago.
offseason she put in a lot of work and she's a fun kid," said Washington. "Her teammates love her, her coaches love her
and I'm just happy that she's having the type of senior season she is having.
You want to end your career playing the best basketball you can and give
everything you have to the success of the team and she's doing that."
East said she is never satisfied with her play, she did admit it was exciting
to see all of her hard work pay off and her contributions be felt on the floor
as a senior captain. East's leadership has constantly been on display off the
court, but she has been the main leader in Penn State's games against two of
the top five teams in the country.
No. 1 Connecticut on Nov. 17, and against two of the better post players in the
country - Stefanie Dolson and Breanna Stewart - East thrived inside scoring
eight points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Similarly against No. 4 Notre Dame she
again dominated the post tallying a career-high 12 points, with four rebounds
and three blocks.
two performances continued to instill confidence in the senior and confirm how
big of a role she needs to have for her team. Washington cited that as the
biggest reason why East has been able to succeed in the non-conference season.
plays with the confidence and urgency that seniors play with," said Washington.
"She's really comfortable with who she is as a basketball player and what her
contributions to the team are. She's really figured out what her game is and
what her contributions are and she just brings [that mentality] every night."
East is playing is not only important to her and to the overall success of the
team, but also plays a big role in the development of the seven freshmen on the
Washington said East is the perfect player to watch and learn from about how to
be patient and grow into the player the team needs.
they [the freshmen] are paying attention," Washington said.
couple minutes with rookie post player Alex Harris, it is clear that they are.
Harris watches East every day in practice and thinks back to the fact that her
success didn't happen overnight. It was a long three year process that brought
East to this point in her career and Harris said that is a "very important
lesson" for herself and fellow freshman to learn.
sending a great message," said Harris. "It teaches us patience and shows that as
we go on [through our careers] we will get better. From her I have learned to
keep working and getting in the gym and from there you will get to your top
point like Talia is in her senior year.
many people have this type of opportunity and I'm grateful to be able to look
up to her and see where she is and how hard she worked to get to this point."
years ago East was saying those words about players like Nikki Greene, whom she
learned important lessons from, and now it is her turn to succeed and teach.
Nine games into the season it is safe to say her patience and dedication is
paying off and setting a great example for the younger players in the program.
State is back on the floor Sunday against No. 24 Texas A&M at 2 p.m. at the
Bryce Jordan Center.