The team hits the hardwood preparing for first game Oct 5.
By Miranda A. Holden
Sweat dripping, heaving panting, motivational shouting — the women’s basketball team hustled at practice Tuesday to become stronger than they were yesterday.
Before sunrise, the team begins to warm up for practice 5:30-7:45 a.m. Monday-Friday in Gym 1 of Candler Physical Educational Center. The only exception is Wednesday practices at 6–8 p.m., which end when the season starts.
The players work hard, Coach Haley Capestany said Tuesday during practice. They have the will and want to play.
Stretching, running, making layups and free throws are a few fundamentals Capestany has her players work on during practice.
The team is fired up as they await their first away game at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 against the University of the Incarnate Word.
With 11 games this semester, the team anticipates playing Victoria College Nov. 30 at home, Capestany said.
“Last year, we came up short each game,” Capestany said.
She said they played each other for the championship and lost by 9 points.
Capestany said the team hasn’t beaten Victoria College for her three years with the team, but she is confident they will jump that hurdle this season.
The women’s team consists of six freshman and six returning sophomores, including shooting guard Heather Padilla, who has been with Capestany for three years.
Juggling academics, work and practice five days a week can be a battle for most players but not for these players. They stay on track by focusing on time management and discipline as a key factor to success, Capestany said.
“I want them each to become champions,” she said. “Not just on the basketball court but in school and life.”
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