HOOVER, Ala. – The University of Arkansas women’s basketball program enjoyed a day of interviews and appearances at the 2010 Southeastern Conference Media Day in Hoover, Ala., Thursday.
Head coach Tom Collen and junior Lyndsay Harris for a two-hour media blitz at the Wynfrey Hotel.
Coaches and players met with crews from ESPN, CSS, FSN to name a few and took part in radio, television and print interviews for a couple of intense hours.
"I don’t mind it really," Collen noted. "I like talking to the media and telling the story of Arkansas women’s basketball. Our fans are great at Arkansas and everyone is always ready to cheer on the Hogs."
Collen and the Razorbacks were selected eighth in the SEC Media preseason poll and the Razorback skipper is hoping to surprise a few opponents this year.
"For once we aren’t the youngest team in the conference," Collen laughed. "We came into the last two years planning a foundation for our young players, and we have been really excited about the players we’ve signed. In SEC games last year, the players I had on the floor were usually either freshmen or sophomores and they lacked leadership. What we have going for us now is experience, and the players have to cash in on that."
Harris made the trip as well taking the opportunity to tell the Razorback story from the player’s perspective.
"We have a lot of experience," Harris said. "The three of us (Harris, Ashley Daniels and C’eira Ricketts) have played together a lot, even when we were younger. We have all grown as players and teammates. We have always had each other around ever since we came to Arkansas, and we have created a special bond between us. Just being together and learning the system all at the same time, definitely gives us an edge."
Harris also noted a change in philosophy as well for the 2010-11 season.
"We do look to speed things up a little this year," she said. "We always look get into transition, and try to get quick, easy shots. We like to play fast, and with our personnel on the team our guards are quick and fast and like to get the ball up the floor quickly. They (Arkansas guards) look to play fast on both the offensive and defensive sides of the court."