Jan. 12, 2012
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By Jenna Marina
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - During the 2011-12 season, UCF women's basketball head coach Joi Williams shares her insights on UCF's recent performances and upcoming games in a weekly Q&A. This week, she discusses the challenge UAB's defense presents and the Knights' special visitor last week.
Q:The four freshman accounted for nearly 25 percent of the team's playing time during the non-conference season. How do you think their experience on the court will help prepare them now that their first conference season is underway?
There is nothing that can take the place of actual game experience, and I'm glad that they have been able to learn some valuable lessons. The transition from high school to Division I basketball can be tough at times but but I'm proud of them so far and I know that their experience will prove to be valuable.
Q: The team had a chance to listen and learn from the all-time leader in coaching wins in NCAA men's basketball history, Don Meyer, last week. What were some of his central messages, and what did the team gain from his visit?
It's always a blessing when we have the opportunity to listen to Coach Meyer speak. He delivered a great message to our team and I know that they really focused in on three key points:
a.) We must understand the difference between playing and competing
b.) Everyone is responsible for being their own captain
c.) Each player and staff member must "bring it everyday."
Q: Aisha Patrick needs four points to become UCF's 15th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Since she will likely reach the milestone this week, talk a little bit about how this feat helps solidify her spot in UCF women's basketball history.
Aisha has definitely earned all of the individual accolades that she's received and is humble enough to realize that her teammates have played a big part in her success. She affects the game in so many ways, and I'm excited that she will soon be a member of the 1,000-point club.
Q: UAB ranks first in the league and fourth in the country for scoring defense. What challenges do they present as UCF heads to Birmingham on Thursday?
UAB does a really good job of pressuring the basketball and forcing turnovers. It will be extremely important for us to value the basketball and make good decisions.