Women's Basketball Concludes Summer Conditioning Schedule

Aug. 13, 2009

CORVALLIS, Ore. - It is nearly the mid-point in the month of August, which has signaled the end of the Oregon State women's basketball summer conditioning program. For the past five weeks, members of the team have spent hours lifting, conditioning, playing basketball and bonding as a team.

Much of that time has been spent with strength and conditioning coach Clete McLeod, who oversaw their five-week program.

'I've been very impressed with the team's desire to 'get better', and their willingness to work harder than they previously thought they were capable,' he said. 'Taking life lessons learned from the basketball court, they applied discipline, work ethic, attention to detail and a commitment to 'something bigger' to their daily training routine. We as a team still have a lot of work to do, but we have taken crucial steps towards realizing the athletes that we are capable of being. Overall, I feel that their work in here has shifted from being something that they 'have to do' to being something they want to do.'

Members of the team spent four days a week lifting, running and doing agility work in the practically new Sports Performance Center with McLeod. As a team, they played pick-up games and worked on their individual games in the afternoons.

'This summer has been one of the greatest experiences of my life,' said newcomer Eisha Sheppard. 'I've never been around teammates who push you to be your best at every moment possible. The coaching and support staffs are all amazing people - they are tough on you when they need to be and show you support when you need it. I am looking forward to coming back in September to continue to get better with my teammates.'

The team has also taken advantage of summer school sessions to get ahead in the classroom. The five weeks on campus are also beneficial to the development of the team. It gives team members a chance to get to know each other and begin to build the bonds that are so important for a team to be successful.

'It was really great starting this summer session off by seeing how each of us have worked to improve ourselves and our game over the break, and then to continue that growth together as a team over the summer session,' said sophomore Kirsten Tilleman. 'We've been able to come together as a team and really start working toward reaching our potential.'

Players are now scheduled to go home to see friends and family before returning in early September to get ready for the 2009-10 season.

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