I was at practice a week ago today and asked Coach Legette-Jack how she best gauges a week’s worth of progress at this point in the year. Here is what she said:
“By the rookies. They are going to be up and down all the time, but one thing theyâ€™re gonna give you is all their time, and thatâ€™s something that I really respect and I enjoy. They go really, really hard but sometimes they go in circles…so weâ€™re trying to get them to kind of go straight and view the picture outwardly.”
Legette-Jack also reiterated her day-by-day approach but said that nothing unsatisfactory she notices can be addressed and fixed within a day, or even a week. “This is gonna take time, time, and time, and right now we have time.”
Towards the end of Monday’s practice was a shooting drill that saw the entire team trying to make 25 3-pointers in two minutes. Just as in a 3-point contest, they moved to five spots around the arc and could only go to the next upon completion of five baskets at each area. Even 6-4 freshman Georgia Follmer, the only player listed as a center on the roster, had to do this drill, as well as forward Whitney Thomas, who had one attempt last season.
In 2006-07, everyone shot at least one 3-pointer (center Sarah McKay tried 33) except Nicole Hardin, who only played three minutes in the team’s first game of the season. Coach Jack said that’s a trademark of her teams, and the difference this year is that her personnel is more skilled at passing should the regular 3-point shooters get blanketed and that, post players or not, everyone is able to fire from a distance or somehow get the ball inside.
Coach is very pleased to have the assistance of former point guard Leah Enterline this season. Enterline had a few options on how to work off her expenses for a fifth year of school, including administration duties or working at the HPER, but decided to be more directly involved with the team. Legette-Jack said it’s good especially for a coach that’s only been around for a couple of years to see a former player of theirs that wants to come back and offer services in any way possible.
“There hasnâ€™t been a time since Iâ€™ve been around or heard about Indiana women’s basketball where the players graduated and wanted to be a part of it…so it was really neat that weâ€™re getting to that cycle again where players want to stay around and help their alma mater, and Leah is starting that. Sheâ€™s leaving her legacy again.”
Legette-Jack mentioned Quacy Barnes (1995-98) as the only former Hoosier she could think of that volunteered help after completing their eligibility, not to be confused with a graduate assistant position on the staff, which is what Jenny DeMuth held last year.