From talking with Wiggins, junior Valencia McFarland and a few of those who have been privy to the start of the Lady Rebels’ preseason practice, it’s quite obvious this is a different era for Ole Miss’ women’s hoops program.
While former head coach Renee Ladner wanted to push her players last season and up the tempo, it appears Wiggins intends to push the ball even more.
During practice it was fun to see speedsters McFarland and Amber Singletary running up and down the court against one another.
One point Wiggins made clear was that it will take time to install his new scheme and as such the staff is trying to keep things as basic as possible — at least for now.
This year’s team will have a different look to it with regard to both scheme and personnel. In addition to the departed seniors, Pa’Sonna Hope transferred to Memphis and Jasmine Trotter is no longer on their roster.
In their place is a cast of new players with a strong lean towards the junior college ranks in junior guards Brandy Broome, Kay Caples, Diara Moore and freshman forward Destini Price.
The Lady Rebs also have guard Gracie Frizzell returning. Frizzell redshirted last year due to injury but both Ladner and Wiggins seem high on her competitiveness as well as her shooting ability.
Teams are allowed to begin practicing 40 days before their first game and are allowed 30 practices during that span.
The Lady Rebels open their season Nov. 9 at home against Southeastern Louisiana. Opening tip is set for 5:30 p.m. at C.M. “Tad” Smith Coliseum.
Below are a few thoughts from McFarland and Wiggins:
For a complete writeup on the new era of Ole Miss’ women’s basketball program checkout Wednesday’s print edition of the Oxford EAGLE. (October 2, 2012)