There are few feelings in sports better than the hope that a new season brings. Like an Astros’ fan in March, everyone can be giddy about a zero in the loss column and a fresh year of opportunity.
Wildcat basketball fans are feeling that excitement with a new season about a month away.
The women’s team started practice on Monday in preparation for their first Div. I. season.
The young team has already made a good impression.
“As far as their intensity and effort, it has been really good,” said assistant coach, Kendra Hassell.
With nine new freshmen the coach staff has put a special emphasis on learning and fundamentals. Luckily for them, the NCAA allows players and coaches to work together before the official start to practice.
Coach Goodenough and her staff have spent the last month geting the freshmen up to speed with group sessions of three or four players.
Now in October, the ‘Cats can hit the ground running with everyone on the same page.
The ACU women will open the season on Nov. 8th, against Texas Lutheran.
This will be the first of four consecutive home games.
“The coaching staff is going to use these games to acclimate the young team and build excitement within the fan base. Coach Hassell said, “We always preach about having to win your home games.”
The Wildcats will need to practice what they preach if they are to be successful.
Their road schedule is much more daunting with games at Texas Tech and Texas Christian.
Meanwhile, the Goodenough’s staff remains hopeful.
Hassell simply said, “We will be ready.”