Oct. 2, 2013
RUSTON - With the start of its inaugural season in Conference USA just over a month away, head coach Teresa Weatherspoon and the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters began official team workouts Tuesday at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Seven returners joined Weatherspoon on Karl Malone Court. Everyone else was new. Five new players. Three new assistant coaches. Two new managers. One new director of basketball operations. Even a new athletics trainer.
However, the always-energetic Weatherspoon said she couldn't have been any happier with the initial day of workouts.
"As always, the kids were excited to get started," Weatherspoon said. "The energy and enthusiasm was excellent. I see a lot of growth and development from the returners, and the newcomers are learning quickly. The team chemistry is what I like. We are starting to understand each other and understand how important it is to work together.
"We just want to work on being good basketball players and with understanding the philosophy. These kids have a desire to be great. They are willing to come to work every day and work hard. It has been a joy to walk between the four lines with the energy and effort they are giving."
Weatherspoon, who is entering her sixth year at the helm of the Lady Techster program, said the first few days are geared towards acclimation, working on offensive sets, transition offenses, conditioning and the overall understanding of what each players' role will be.
"When you can show each kid how they can be successful in their role, that helps them buy into what we are asking of them," Weatherspoon said. "When they see it work, it makes a tremendous difference."
Although Tuesday was the first official team practice, recent revisions in NCAA rules allow coaches to be "hands on" with small groups leading up to team practice. Weatherspoon said that has been a huge benefit.
"They understand the breakdown of every play and of their position. Now when they come together as a team, it helps with the chemistry."
Weatherspoon, a former point guard in her own right, will be looking for her third starter at the position in the last three years. With the departure of Janay Borum and Courtney Hayes following last season, Weatherspoon said she feels com
"We have two or three players that are comfortable, but we want to determine that one player that can run the show for us," Weatherspoon said. "It's important that they grasp things quickly in order to conduct the show and get everyone in a position to be successful."
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