Big Ten Media Day - Joe McKeown
Oct. 25, 2012
JOE McKEOWN: I'm just excited to get going. Like most people this time of year, we're actually 4 and 0 instead of probably everybody else is 0 and 0. We took our team to Italy and played four games, so I'm counting those. I have five freshmen and four seniors back basically, so we're really looking forward to trying to blend this team together. It should be a lot of fun.
Q. Can you talk a little bit more about Italy and how that might have matured your team and the experience?
The culture part of it and the team bonding part, you just can't replace.
Q. Can you speak a little bit about how Danielle had such a great season last year, really emerging last year and what kind of role is she going to play this year as a senior?
Q. I understand you guys talked a little bit about this last night, but there's a proposal out there for some changes on the women's side of basketball, lower rims, shot clock. Do you think the game needs some changes? Is it necessary? Is it practical?
You have to look at changing things if you feel like they're not working. I will say this: I would like to see a bigger basketball. I'd like to see us use a big ball again, and I think we miss a lot of lay ups. Some of it is your ball, some of it is you've got bad lay up shooters, and I've got a little bit of both probably, but I've said that for years. I don't know about lowering the rims, but I do think we shouldn't be intimidated by change, either.
Q. Who are a couple of the freshman kids who might be impact players this year who I might see very early in the season playing?
Lauren Douglas is a 6'2", kind of utility player, can play second base, shortstop, third, everywhere. But she can do everything. Just learning the game for us. She's from Memphis, Tennessee. Those two have really stepped up.
Like most freshmen they're up and down, but I'm excited about them.
Q. Can you talk a little bit about Karly Roser? She has one year under her belt, how she's matured and how her game might have improved over the summer?
I'm really excited about her. She's shooting the ball a lot better, and she's running our team better. She's kind of taking control of practice, which you want to see as a coach.
She just needs to get her confidence level way, way up. It's tough when you're a sophomore when you've been playing 35 minutes a game as a freshman and your roles change a little bit. If she has a great year, that's really going to help us.
Q. You have two seniors, Kendall Hackney and Danielle Diamant. What kind of ownership are they taking with this team in their senior year?
They're both healthy now and they're both playing real well.
Q. You have some new coaches in the league. How do you think they're going to impact the Big Ten?
All three of the coaches coming in will have an impact on that program. Their track record is terrific. It's great for the league when we do have job openings, the level of coaches that come into our league.
Q. You talked a little bit about your trip to Italy in the preseason, as well. Which player have you seen make the biggest improvement so far this year?
This year hopefully we'll be a much better shooting team. We're going to spread the floor out more, chuck and duck a little bit.
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