Buckeyes Hold Media Day; Preview Season
Ameryst Alston having a little fun while taping footage for the video board.
Oct. 18, 2013
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A new era of Ohio State women's basketball is right around the corner and the Buckeyes and head coach Kevin McGuff met with reporters this week to give a little preview of the upcoming season.
The Buckeyes will host Bellarmine in an exhibition contest Nov. 3 before the start of the regular season Nov. 8 at West Virginia. The home opener is Sunday, Nov. 10 vs. FAU.
Women's Basketball Media Day Quotes
Coach Kevin McGuff, Ohio State head coach
On developing leaders on the squad
"I'm really big on effort and intensity, the way you conduct yourself on the court and committing to doing whatever it takes for the team to be successful. You can separate yourself if you're an effective communicator."
On a balanced approach
"We graduated two people who shouldered quite a bit of the scoring load last year, so we will probably be spread around a little more. I do hope to have a team that can score around the basket and the perimeter so we'll have more balance in how we score this year."
On Ohio State's nonconference schedule
"We have a very tough nonconference schedule. The good news is that it will expose our strengths and weaknesses very early on and give us the direction we need to get better as we head into the Big Ten season. You can't play a schedule like that without some tough moments, but I believe we have the character and work ethic to work through it."
On the defensive play of the Buckeyes
"I think one of our biggest strengths is our defense. We have some size around the basket and enough athleticism around the perimeter to put together a team that can really defend. As we try to find our way on offense and find the balance that I think will ultimately have, we have to be a great defensive team. "
Ashley Adams, senior center
On gaining more confidence heading into senior season
"I'm getting more comfortable each day as I'm learning that I can put the ball in the hoop more often."
On adjusting to a more up-tempo offense
"I think the key thing for us was getting into shape. After we get there, it will be easier for us to adapt to the system coach wants us to do. With only 11 players, we're getting more reps and it's making us tougher."
On looking ahead to nonconference play
"We're excited about playing teams that show us we can play in the Big Ten. People may think we're going to be a nobody, but if we measure up to these teams it will make it easier in the Big Ten."
Amy Scullion, redshirt junior guard
On the changes Ohio State has seen with new coaching staff
"[The coaching staff] brings a lot of energy, passion and intensity for the game. Everyone is feeding off of that and it really shows in practice and in workouts. People want to be in the gym, people are getting better and I think that's the biggest difference."
On new expectations this season
"There are different expectations, but the new coaching staff has been awesome about communicating what they expect and the team has done a great job of meeting those expectations."
On the defensive strength of the Buckeyes
"I think our biggest strength is our defense. We're still trying to find the offensive scheme that fits us best."
Ameryst Alston, sophomore guard
On preparing for the Buckeyes' nonconference schedule
"There are tough teams on our schedule. They win games, but that doesn't discourage us one bit. They're working hard just as we're working hard. We'll be ready."
On a fresh slate this season
"Last year was last year. It's a new beginning. We're taking it one practice at a time, one game at a time. We're not thinking about last year."
On finding new leadership on the squad
"It's definitely going to take the whole team to fill those shoes. Amber [Stokes] was the energy on defense, and Tayler [Hill] got started us on offense. It's going to take everything from everyone, whether you're in the game or cheering on your teammates."
Courtside With Marty Bannister