Sept. 11, 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 fall classes, and MGoBlue.com talked with sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad about having the William Davidson Player Development Center, what she learned from her freshman year and what this team can accomplish.
On summer workouts ... "As a lot of people have said, it was a really good summer for us. Everyone put in a lot of work with conditioning, lifting and getting in the gym and putting up a lot of shots. We changed a lot of the things we were doing this summer. We have just been working really hard to get ready for the season."
On having the William Davidson Player Development Center this summer ... "For me last year as a freshman, it was hard having to go different places to work out. We did not really have our own locker room. We were back and forth from different places; I had to learn what buses to take. There was a bus to take up to the weight room we were using at the wrestling facility, another one to get to the IM. For me, it is just so much more convenient to have one place that we can go to for everything. It is an amazing facility."
On her goal this summer ... "I wanted to improve my overall game in open gym. I wanted to start to feel more confident in my own game and how I play with my teammates. I wanted to come in this summer and feel myself take another step in my game."
On seeing Crisler Center when all the renovations are done ... "I am so excited to finally see it. It looks so beautiful from the outside. I can't wait to get in there."
On what she learned from her freshman year ... "My biggest lesson from my freshman year was to always play with confidence. Just go out there and play. Believe in yourself and your abilities and know that you can make a contribution to the team. If you are working hard and doing your best, no one can ask for anything else."
On what this team can do this year ... "I think we have a lot of potential. Of course, we made the NCAA Tournament last year. That was just a steppingstone. If we keep working as we are right now, we can keep taking big steps. I am excited to see what we can do this year."
Sophomore guard Nicole Elmblad earned her first varsity letter last season, appearing in all 32 games. She started the first 15 games and averaged 2.4 points and 1.9 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per game. Elmblad scored a career-best eight points against Michigan State on Feb. 5 and set a career high with seven rebounds against Florida Atlantic on Nov. 14. A three-year all-state selection at LaSalle High School, Elmblad was runner-up for Michigan Miss Basketball in 2011. Her brother, Eric, was a three-year letterwinner on the Michigan ice hockey team (2008-10).
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