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 sophomore guard Aquashia Anderson, who talked about buying in to working hard, developing a point guard mentality and her decision to attend Michigan.
On how the summer went ..."It was tough and a challenge for me. I actually liked how much we were pushed the summer. I think it is preparing us for the upcoming season. We all worked really hard to get in the best shape that we could so that we would be ready for the actual season."
On the biggest change this past summer ... "Workouts in general were the biggest change we had. We were working out so much harder than we ever have. We worked on a lot of team building too. Our whole mindset as a group changed. We have to buy into working out this hard. We have to buy into doing what we need to do in order to be a better team than we have ever been. I think we have done a good job with that."
On what she took away from last season ... "I learned that we have a lot of work to do if we want to reach our goals. I learned a lot of leadership skills from everyone last year."
On what she learned individually from her freshman year ... "You have to work in order to play. There is so much hard work that goes into playing college basketball. You can't just come in and play right away. It all goes back to working hard, every single day. It was a learning process for me."
On what she was working on this summer ... "I wanted to work on being more of a point guard, as far as being more vocal and a leader out on the floor. I need to play better defense, so I focused on that. I spent a lot of time working on being quicker. I really was just working on having a better point guard mentality."
On her decision to attend Michigan ... "It is a great program. The academics here are great. There are a lot of successful people that have come from the University of Michigan. Everything I wanted in a team was here. Everything was a family atmosphere. You can really feel that when you come here."
On what this team can accomplish this season ... "We can do anything that we put our minds to. I don't think we have any limits. I know that we can go as far as we choose to. It is all about the work we put into it."
On her plans after graduation ... "I would like to play professionally one day if I can. If that does not work out, I want to be a coach or some kind of fitness trainer."
Sophomore guard Aquashia Anderson did not see game action during the 2011-12 season after graduating in 2011 from Meridian High School in Meridian, Miss. A four-year starter at Meridian, Anderson was a four-time all-district honoree and was selected for the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star team. She was an all-state member and named to the "Dandy Dozen" as one of the top 12 players in the state. Anderson is enrolled in the School of Kinesiology and is majoring in movement science.
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