Women's Basketball Meets With The Media

Oct. 14, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - With the start of practice just two days away, members of the Oregon State women's basketball team met with members of the media Wednesday in the team's official Media Day. In attendance were television stations KEZI, KMTR, KVAL as well as Brooks Hatch from the Corvallis Gazette-Times, Ron Callan from KPAM 860 and Lindsay Schnell with The Oregonian.

Head Coach LaVonda Wagner

On the newcomers ...
'I think that we all agree that we have a bunch of new faces with a lot of talent. It is our job to take that new talent and put it toward the right direction, at the right time. We have people that can do array of things, players who can get the ball on the floor, get to the rim and score, and who are great rebounders. We have players who can take some great shots. We have all these pieces that just need to be put together and make that puzzle.'

On the Pac-10 ...
'I can see it getting better and better. Every year that I have been in it, the conference is getting better, the teams are stronger, and we have a great group of coaches. It's a great conference to compete in and that is what I am looking forward to. We have a bunch of new people. We had a great season last year, and I do not know what people are thinking about us. We do not worry about what they think about us. We just worry about what we think. Our goal is just to focus on Oregon State as a team and coming together as a team.'

On expectations ...
'My expectations are to win, period. We are really looking to build a successful foundation, whether it's off or on the court, by putting in a lot of extra time. So we want to be successful. At the end of the day we want to see where that takes us, whether it's to the WNIT or to the NCAA Tournament. We just want to be in position to be successful. The most important thing is to get the new into the system, to understand it and execute it well. The plan is to attack and execute with a finish.'

Guard Talisa Rhea

On what she worked on in the offseason ...
'I just tried to work on offense by improving on my shot, getting a quicker release, and learning how to get open better with teams are guarding me closly. It's just about learning new things, little hints every now and then.'

Guard Brittany Kennedy

On what it was like going from high school to collegiate basketball ...
'I just know that you have to put in a lot of work ethic off the court. Coach always says that champions are always made when no one is watching. That's where you get better; in the off-season. That's what I have to do. I am healthier and feel more confident, and my mental game is much better.'

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