Catching Up With Sam Arnold
Sam Arnold

Aug. 30, 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 senior forward Sam Arnold talks about the senior class, the goals for this season and her plans following graduation.

On summer workouts ... "I think that this was the best summer that we have ever had going into a new season. We have progressed so much with conditioning and lifting this summer. I definitely think we are going to be ready heading into the year."

On having an expanded leadership role as a senior ... "I am not necessarily a vocal leader on this team. I just try to do the right thing and hope people follow. I try to set a good example for the younger players. I do what I can, and obviously, I have been here for awhile so I think that everyone pays attention to that."

On the leadership of the senior class ... "I think all five of us have completely different personalities, both on and off the court. It works well because we are not alike, but we are in a sense. We work well together."

On her personal goal for the summer ... "I wanted to get stronger and get in better shape. This is probably the best shape I have been in since I have been at Michigan. I think that will help me a lot more when it comes to games and running the court."

On the coaching transition ... "I think it has gone great. It has been a good change for us. Everyone is adapting well. I think we are all working well together. It is going to be exciting when they (the coaching staff) can actually start coaching us and getting out on the floor with us."

On what the team can accomplish this season ... "I think the sky is the limit for this team. Obviously, we made the tournament last year and that is a goal for us again this year. Hopefully, it will be a lot easier getting there this year as opposed to last year. We don't just want to get there though, we want to win. We also want to win a Big Ten championship. That really is our main goal because that is what you come to Michigan for."

On what making the NCAA Tournament last year does for this year's team ... "I think it gives us a lot of confidence because we know we can do it. We had been so close the first couple of years before finally making it last year. With the coaching change and all the work we have been putting in this summer, it is definitely something that we can accomplish as long as we keep working hard. It just makes us that much more confident as we start a new season."

On her plans following graduation ... "I am currently studying for the GRE (graduate records examination) and will take that. I am going to apply for grad school in psychology. I am still not sure what exactly I want to do, but it will be in the field of psychology."

Senior forward Sam Arnold appeared in all 32 games off the bench in 2011-12, averaging 5.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 13.1 minutes per game. Arnold scored in double figures in five games, including scoring a season-high 13 points against Ohio State and Iowa. She also recorded her first career double-double as a sophomore in 2010, scoring 13 points and grabbing a career-high 11 rebounds against Buffalo. For her career, Arnold has appeared in 86 games off the bench and averaged 4.8 points and 1.2 rebounds per contest. A 2012 Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Arnold is majoring in psychology.

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