Aug. 21, 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 junior forward/center Val Driscoll on summer workouts, what she wanted to improve and what she wants to do after graduating from the University of Michigan.
On the summer ... "The summer was great. It flew by, like it always does. We did a lot of lifting, conditioning and playing open gym. I thought we all worked pretty hard this summer and it shows."
On what the team accomplished this summer ... "Just gelling as a team. We became more 'together' as the summer went by and the freshmen got used to be being here. We worked really hard as a group to become faster and stronger. I thought it was a great summer for us a team overall. "
On her personal summer goal ... "I had a few things that I wanted to work on this summer. I wanted to get faster. I also was working on my confidence. I wanted to get stronger with the ball and scoring when I have the chance. That was a big thing for me, working on not being afraid to score. I thought I got better in all those areas."
On being an upperclassman ... "I don't really see my role changing from what it has been in the past. I am someone who follows the leader. I think we have a great senior class full of leaders, and that is going to help us a lot this year with the amount of underclassmen we have."
On what this team can accomplish ... "We can accomplish a lot of things. With the new coaching staff, I think anything is possible. Hopefully, we can win a Big Ten championship. We made the tournament last year and that gives us a lot of confidence going into this year. We know what we are capable of and we know we can do it."
On what she learned from making the NCAA Tournament ... "That anything is possible. I learned that hard work does pay off in the end. I never thought it was going to happen, but it did. It was awesome, and we want that same feeling again this year."
On what she wants to do after graduation ... "When I am done here, I want to do Teach for America. I would like to get back to the east coast, but I really don't have a specific region. It is a great program and I look forward to it."
Junior forward/center Val Driscoll earned her second varsity letter as a sophomore in 2011-12, appearing in six games. She scored a season-best three points and grabbed four rebounds against Indiana on Jan. 22. As a freshman, Driscoll averaged 1.6 points and 0.6 rebounds over 16 appearances. She set her career high in scoring with eight points against Wake Forest as a freshman on Dec. 5, 2010. As a high schooler at Archbishop Williams High School in Stoughton, Mass., Driscoll became the first player in school history to record 1,000 rebounds.
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