Women's Basketball Head Coach Greg Williams Speaks

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Rice women's basketball head coach Greg Williams shared some time out of his busy schedule to comment on the first days of practice.

One of the items that we learned was the selection of sophomore Jessica Goswitz, junior D'Frantz Smart, and junior Megan Elliott as team captains for the 2010-11 campaign as voted upon by the team.

Sayeth Greg Williams:
It's a little unique in that we did start earlier this year. Normally at this time we would have had only four practices instead of 12. Unfortunately, we are behind due to some injuries and sickness and not having the full complement of players every day. That makes it hard to continually putting new stuff in when you have two or three players out. Jessica Goswitz badly sprained her ankle on Monday (Oct. 18) in practice and is possibly out four to six weeks. Jackie Stanley is struggling with her knee as it acted up on her over this past weekend.

Jessica Kuster she's been better than what we've hoped this early. She has been a bright spot in our practices thus far. We are playing her in the small and power forward positions and that's usually hard for a young player, but she is a quick learner. She is just a really smart basketball player on both ends of the court, offensively and defensively. Everyday she makes plays that good players make versus having to be coached to make them. She is a versatile player and is shooting the better from the three-point line than what we expected.

Also Brianna Hypolite has shown more consistency and Candace Ashford has also been playing really well. I am also pleased with the progression that Lacey Neu has shown coming off her knee injury from last season. She has had no problems and her rehab went extremely well and she is moving well on it.

Our other freshman, Brittany Carter is holding her own as a freshman point guard. She was actually ahead of where I thought she might be prior to not only sustaining an ankle injury, which will keep her out for two weeks, but she was also in a car accident coming back to campus from fall break suffered a small fracture in her scapula, which is self-healing, so instead of dealing with one injury she has to deal with two. I hate to see that for a freshman because we are putting new stuff every day and you just fall behind. You are not out on the court getting the reps in.

D'Frantz Smart has stepped up her vocal leadership and she's working extremely hard in practice. That was always one of the things with D'Frantz last year is that she would have a really good day and then have a day where she didn't seem to be into it that much. She has been really consistent with her effort and her leadership, which are two important things for our team.

The Owls open the season on Nov. 12 when they play Montana State for the first of three games in Baylor's World Vision Invitational.

Coach Williams uses his own handwriting to schedule each day's practice plan. WBBpracticeplan.jpg

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