Aug. 7, 2012
The University of Michigan women's basketball team will usher in a new era in 2012-13 as Kim Barnes Arico takes over as the ninth head coach in program history. The entire team is now on campus for summer classes and MGoBlue.com caught up with sophomore guard Brenae Harris, who talked about the expectations for this next year, what she learned from her freshman season and what she wants to do with her Michigan degree.
On summer workouts ... "They have been going well. They have been difficult, but that is always a good thing. Everyone is working hard and getting ready for this upcoming season."
On her personal expectations for her sophomore season ... "I want to be better than I was coming in last year. And I want to be better than I am right now. I want to continue to get better and improve my game every day."
On what this team can accomplish moving forward ... "We can accomplish so much, as long as we work hard and push each other. I think we could win a championship. Making the NCAA Tournament is definitely something that this team can do. It should be easier this year."
On what the team learned from making the 2012 NCAA Tournament ... "We learned that making the tournament is possible. We learned that if we worked harder, we could accomplish more than we had. That is what this team is focused on right now."
On what she is working to improve ... "I am working on my confidence. Just knowing that I can do what I can do and believing in myself. I know I can do it. But it is me telling myself that I can. Nya (Jordan) has really been helping me with that this summer."
On what she learned from her freshman year ... "If you are going to mistake, make it aggressively."
On having the William Davidson Player Development Center this summer ... "We have spent a lot of time running outside, so it is always nice to come back inside and have the air conditioning. It only takes a few minutes for me to get here, so it is convenient. I am right across the street, so it only takes me a few minutes to get here. I love our facility and am so happy to have it."
On why she came to the University of Michigan ... "Michigan gave me the best opportunity to be successful. It is a school with great academics. There are alumni everywhere. I can go anywhere in the world and get a job with a Michigan degree."
On what she wants to do with her degree ... "I want to go into something in film and music. I don't know how I want to incorporate the two, but I definitely want to do something with either one of those. If I can combine the two, that would be even better."
Sophomore guard Brenae Harris earned her varsity letter in 2011-12, playing in 22 games off the bench. She averaged 2.0 points and 0.8 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game. She scored a career-best eight points against Indiana State and grabbed a career-high four rebounds against Illinois State. She was named the Greater Buckeye Conference MVP three times during her prep days at Marion Harding High School in Marion, Ohio. A two-sport athlete, Harris took fourth in the long jump as a junior and sixth as a senior at the track and field state championships.
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