Lady Lakers shooting guard Casey Davis took to the airwaves to talk about this upcoming season with WRBC: The Blaze sports radio hosts Lamar Colyer III and Cedric Ferrill. Here’s what she had to say.
Q: Is there any aspect that you guys, as a team, have worked on to assure yourselves of remaining at that championship level?
A: Well, the work we put in during preseason, for sure. Making sure that we’re all healthy, making sure that we’re all in shape, getting stronger than we were last year, so it’s just to make sure we put in 110 percent effort in preseason to make sure that we maintain our championship.
Q: Would it be safe to say a “championship hangover” won’t apply to you all?
A: Yes, it’s definitely a new year. What we did last year was great, but that means nothing when it’s a new year. So we got to do it all over again—we definitely will.
Q: How will the team compensate for the losses of Devin Talley and Tianna Swanigan?
A: Well, they’re both great, great, great players, and we truly miss them, but we got five new freshman, and they’re gonna be big to our program—especially next year. But they have a lot of talent … and they all have potential to be something special for this university.
Q: Are there any games circled on the schedule that your team is looking forward to?
A: Yeah, definitely. I’ll say Saint Xavier for sure. We have yet to beat them. I’ll say Robert Morris, as well. Olivet [Nazarene] is always a big one. We beat them for the first time, last year, which was a great thing … but, you know, we don’t take any teams for granted. I think we have another shot at Bethel again, I believe. We lost to them in Nashville, so we’re just hungry.
Q: After what was accomplished last season—combining with team losses and additions—how far do you expect the Lady Lakers to go this season?
A: I have a lot of faith in my team. I must say I don’t think a lot of us know what we’re capable of, even after accomplishing what we did last year. I honestly feel like we can go even further than where we went last year. Last year was just the beginning of what this university has to offer. This year, I expect even better than last year.
The defending CCAC champion Lady Lakers open the regular season on the road against Lewis University Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. Their home opener is Nov. 2 at 1 p.m. against Marygrove College at the Lillian and Larry Goodman Center.