Gregory: 'I'll be playing the three and the four'

Oct. 30, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. - Leigh Gregory started at power forward for the Cal women's basketball team over the last two years, but she'll spend more time on the outside in the 2003-04 season. Gregory will showcase her all-around skills this Sunday in an exhibition against Bay Area Pro-Am at 2 p.m.

Q) Is this year's team better than last year's team?

'I definitely think we'll be better. As a whole we're a lot more focused, older, and ready to go. We have a lot to improve on, obviously, before Pac-10s, but things seem on track.'

Q) How was your summer?

'My summer was great. My family and I went on a cruise to Mexico, all around Mexico. It was just a real good summer. Five of us [players] stayed here all summer, working with our new strength and conditioning coach. That was a lot of fun, bonding. He's a great guy. The summer was great. It probably was my best summer yet.'

Q) Will you strictly be playing the power forward this season?

'This year I'll be playing the three and the four, so I'll be playing a lot on the perimeter. This summer I worked a lot on my one-on-one moves, my three-point shot. Everything's coming along really well. I played guard, anywhere from a one, two or three all summer. I never played inside on my summer team. It was good experience, so I'm ready to go.'

Q) How did your summer team do?

'We had a pretty good team when everybody showed up. It was just a good experience for me for getting back to how it feels like to be a guard and guarding other guards. Sometimes I did play the one. It's good that no one full-court pressures during the summer, because I did turn it over a little bit. It was just a great experience, more of a confidence-builder than anything else, that I can bring it up, that I can play guard.'

Q) Who else was on your team?

'We had the twins [forward Tatiana and center Teoma Taylor] from San Jose State, [Cal center] Olga [Volkova], we had some really good posts, so I was never inside. I got to play with [guard] Lindsay Lopez from Saint Mary's. It was nice playing with her. She helped me a lot to get my guard [skills] going and my confidence going.'

Q) Did you go into the offseason knowing you had to work on your outside shooting and ball-handling?

'It's funny, because this summer I didn't really know that I was going to be playing a guard. I just decided that working on my outside skills was going to be a focus and being a more consistent shooter from the outside was going to be a focus. It just happened that my team needed a guard this summer. That was great, because when I got back here, they said, 'You'll be playing more outside.' It's exciting for me, because I feel like you get to learn two positions, you're naturally going to get to have more shots, more opportunities, more diversity to your game.'

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