SEC Media Day in Birmingham, Alabama
Head Coach Melanie Balcomb
On this year's schedule...
"It's a tough schedule. We play some great teams. I mean
we play Tennessee
twice this season. I have a realistic idea of how tough it
will be game in
and game out. That excites me, though. I think that's a sign
of a great
conference. Hopefully, we'll be right there in it and competing
On the goals of the team...
"They dream (of the Final Four). They think about it
day and night. They
visualize it because they are natural leaders. There are such
leadership qualities in some of the girls that we should have
a good year.
What happened last year is still in their minds. That has
nothing to do with
the coaching changes, but it has everything to do with them
as people and
competitors. They wanted to get farther than they got last
year. That put
them on a mission for this year."
On the season...
"The girls have been really open to change. It has helped
us greatly as
coaches by them doing that. They have been adapting to everything
been teaching. Our goal like every other team is to compete
for the league
championship and make it to the Final Four. I think that our
striving for that because of how our season ended last year,
because they have had that experience and they want to get
back to it."
Guard Ashley McElhiney
On the new style of play with Coach Balcomb...
"It's fun, exciting and definitely a change, but we're
adjusting to it each
day and improving."
On continuing success and taking it to the next level...
"We have great players coming back. I think each player
has improved over
the summer and really worked on their game. That's going to
carry over into
the team atmosphere. As a team, we are really well bonded
off the court,
which makes us better on the court."
Center Chantelle Anderson
On differences in style from Coach Foster...
"I'd say the difference is we're looking to throw it
ahead more. We're
throwing it ahead to the post sprinting down the middle or
to the guard for
open shots. I think that's the biggest change. You would never
see us shoot
on the first pass or on the second last year, even if it was
unless it was a post feed."
On adjusting to the new offense...
"It's fine. It hasn't been difficult to adjust to at
all. I've had to get
used to catching and finishing on the move. Other than that
it hasn't been a
On the first days with their new head coach...
"At first we were really nervous when Coach Balcomb got
there, but she and
her staff did a great job of coming in and putting us at ease.
They did a
great job of making us comfortable with them. That's why our
team trip to
Italy was so important for us, both on the court and off the