Aug. 9, 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 talked with senior guard Nya Jordan about her expectations for the upcoming season, how the team is hungry after the 2012 NCAA Tournament and her plans following graduation.
On her expectations for the upcoming season ... "Personally, I feel like whatever you put into it, you are going to get out of it. I am expecting this team to go as far as we possibly can. We can make the NCAA Tournament, make the Sweet 16. I am expecting the best. I am going to do whatever I can to make sure I have helped everyone get ready for this year."
On summer workouts ... "They are going well. I have had a lot of different challenges this summer, more than I have ever had in previous summers. It has forced me to realize that this is what I want. I can appreciate that aspect of it. It is forcing me to be a better player. We have been running miles and longer distances than we have in the past. It is something that I did not do in high school and I was just not used to. I was kind of nervous about at first, but it is becoming easier as we continuously run them."
On the coaching transition ... "I think it has been good. I know that we have become stronger as a team and stuck together throughout it all. We wanted to make sure we did not mess up what we had going here, no matter who our next coach was."
On making the NCAA Tournament in 2012 ... "I think it gave us a lot of confidence. At the same time, it gave us a lot of hunger to go further this year. Most of us were excited that we made it, but I know there were some of us who were upset that we lost in the first game. I think a goal for many of us is to get further."
On the William Davidson Player Development Center ... "It is extremely helpful. We were walking to places, trying to find parking spots and places to play last summer. Now that we can come here and do everything we need to, it has made the summer so much easier."
On seeing Crisler Center after the construction is completed ... "I am really excited. It is one thing to play over here (the William Davidson Player Development Center), but that is where everything will happen. It will be awesome to see it all finished."
On anything fun she has done this summer ... "I have enjoyed it. My last summers, I put too much pressure on myself. I told myself that this is my senior year; I am just going to have fun and work harder. I have enjoyed pushing myself, which has made this a fun summer."
On her plans following graduation ... "When I am done, I want to play for the WNBA. In case that doesn't work out, I am for sure going to play overseas. When I am finally done playing, I want to start some kind of organization for urban children to use art as a therapy." (Jordan is pursuing a degree in art and design).
Senior guard Nya Jordan appeared in all 32 games in 2011-12, starting 16 times, and averaged 3.9 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. She recorded the first double-double of her career against Penn State on Jan. 26, scoring 10 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a career-high 38 minutes. Jordan helped Michigan upset No. 13 Nebraska on the road on Feb. 9, turning in her second double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 boards. She has appeared in 75 games during her U-M career, earning three varsity letters and the team's Most Improved Player award as a freshman.
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