Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Conversation with Annette Watts

Coming off of a disappointing loss to UNC-G this past weekend, the Davidson Women's Basketball team is faced with some big contests against WCU and Chattanooga over this coming weekend. They will need to win at least one of these games if they hope to stay in contention for the regular season conference crown. I recently had a chance to sit down with head coach Annette Watts.

Will Bryan: Talk about the success of this season in the context of the pre-season expectations going in. Also, briefly touch on Saturday's setback at UNC-Greensboro.

Annette Watts: We didn't know how the chemistry would come back together with Katie Hamilton returning from injury. One would think that with a terrific player coming back, it would help everything on the whole. Yet I feared that the people who had stepped up last year would not maintain their game when she was back. I feared that they would stand back and watch. We are such a better team when you have to guard all twelve of us. I think that has determined our success. Those folks who stepped up last year have continued their play with Katie back in the lineup.

However, it is a process because we have never been on this side of the fence. We have never been first in the conference for consecutive weeks. We have always been the underdogs. We have always been David against Goliath. Right now we are struggling a little bit being Goliath, as we are playing not to lose instead of playing to win. We will get through this, but the question remains how rapidly that process will take place.

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