Oct. 30, 2013
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Just a few days in advance of the first exhibition contest of the 2013-14 season, coaches and student-athletes from the NC State women’s basketball program met with the media to discuss the upcoming season on Wednesday afternoon.
Head coach Wes Moore, associate head coach Nikki West, assistant coaches Gene Hill and Lindsay Edmonds joined junior guard Len’Nique Brown and senior center Markeisha Gatling at the event.
For photos from the event, please click here. For select quotes from the press conference and interviews, please see below:
Head Coach Wes Moore
First of all, thanks for coming out today. We are very excited for the season that’s quickly approaching. We are excited about a veteran team that has worked extremely hard. We have a group of seniors and a couple of juniors that we will really be counting on for leadership. The ACC schedule ahead of us will present a great challenge. I don’t think there is any doubt that this is the best conference in the country, whether it be in men’s or women’s basketball. It is going to present a lot of challenges, that’s why it’s important in our preseason schedule, our pre-conference schedule, that we try to get better every day. We’ve got to try to improve on a daily basis.
We’ve got a challenging schedule ahead of us. We have Tulane in our non-conference schedule. We have LSU as well, and then we have our ACC schedule. We open and close our ACC schedule with two of the newcomers: Syracuse in our opening game at home and Notre Dame in our finale. That will be a great challenge. In between, you have the traditional rivals of the ACC.
On the incoming freshmen:
We have two freshmen: Miah Spencer, who is from Atlanta. She is a young lady we recruited very hard at Chattanooga and she ended up really blowing up (on the recruiting radar) the summer before her senior year and came to NC State. She is someone we are really excited about.
Jennifer Mathurin is from Canada and she is a forward-type player. She plays extremely hard and crashes the boards. She is very athletic and attacks the basket. She is capable of stepping out and shooting the three. As with a lot of freshmen, she needs to slow down a little on offense. That said, I would rather slow them down and pull them back than have to get them going.
Junior Guard Len’Nique Brown
On changes to upcoming season:
Getting into the passing lanes (is important) and defensively we kind of run the same stuff. We are applying more pressure on the ball, though.
On the coaching transition:
First of all, it was easier this time, because I had been in this situation before. They (the members of the new coaching staff) are both hands on and very passionate about the game. I think we feed off Coach Moore’s intensity.
Senior Center Markeisha Gatling
On improvement from last season:
I feel like at the beginning of the season, I didn’t really know my role on the team and wasn’t comfortable with my role. I think towards the end of the season I got a whole lot better.
On the four-out-and-one-in style of offense:
It is exciting. It will be different being the only one in, but I am excited about it. I am excited about everything (this year).