Big Ten Media Day - Lisa Bluder
Oct. 25, 2012
LISA BLUDER: This year is exciting for us because we have the opportunity to host a national tournament to begin the season, and we have an opportunity to host a national tournament at the end of our season. Not often do you get the opportunity to bookend your seasons with hosting both types of tournaments.
We're in the preseason WNIT. We have guaranteed hosting the first two rounds in Carver-Hawkeye Arena and we've also been awarded the NCAA first and second rounds in Carver-Hawkeye Arena. It's a great opportunity for our team, and we have three tremendous seniors on our team that I would love to see them take full benefit of this.
Q. Just an update on Printy, where is she at in her rehab?
Yesterday she took a charge against a guy in practice, and I just smiled at her because that's another hurdle. Every day we kind of go through those hurdles, and when you learn that your knee is okay and it can take those things, that's most of the battle is the mental part of it.
Q. Of the first four coaches that are speaking this morning, I think you were the only one that was here last year. What do the new faces bring to the conference or the reputation of the conference and maybe challenge wise for the coaches that were here in the past?
The thing it poses for us veterans is we've got to work a little harder on those scouting reports again because you don't know the style of play that you've been seeing from an Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan consistently over the last several years, so we have to work a little bit harder in preparing for those people. But they've got the harder job because they have a whole bunch of new people to learn about.
Q. You have a lot of depth at a lot of different spots, maybe even more so than in the past, especially in the post with Bethany Doolittle and Morgan Johnson. What do those two bring and how do you like the pieces of your team as a whole from a depth perspective?
Another thing that's kind of different about our team this year is we won't be relying on freshmen to carry us. In the past we've always out of necessity had a freshman that's entered into the starting lineup and really had to carry our team and show up big to begin with. This year I don't think that'll happen, and that's good for our basketball team.
Q. You do have a lot of good players coming back, but you did lose Kamille Wahlin, and she kind of had the keys to the car for like four years. Did Samantha Logic learn enough last year to maybe ease that transition?
She's looking forward to the role of taking over for Kamille in that leadership role, and she'll do a fabulous job for us.
Q. With a healthy Jaime, let's say we assume that, are you a top three team? You look who people voted, maybe one and two are solid. Could you be the third best team in the conference?
Q. You're the most experienced Big Ten coach in the conference. What do you think about the three new head coaches joining the conference and what do you think the biggest challenge is coaching in the Big Ten?
That's what's the difference is coming into this league, is that you probably came from a league, with the exception of Kim, that you were playing where you knew you were going to win those games, and you just don't have that in this league.
Q. Seems like one thing you have that nobody else has is Morgan. What has she worked on in the off season, and will we see a player that has taken a step or two beyond where she was a year ago?
I am thrilled that Morgan is returning. She's going to have a great senior year. I'm thrilled that she's been voted on the preseason All-Big Ten Team because it's deservedly so.
FastScripts by ASAP Sports.