NORMAN, Okla. -- The Oklahoma women's basketball team completed its first practice of the 2006-07 season on Friday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.
For the five freshmen on the squad it was an eye-opening experience. Nearly every drill in the two-hour workout was at game speed and covered the entire court. The Sooners worked extensively on fundamentals and transition offense.
"This is day one of trying to get better as a team," said OU head coach Sherri Coale. "We did some good and bad things today, but I really liked our energy and focus."
Seniors Britney Brown and Erin Higgins, who were the only players to have off-season surgery, were at full speed in practice.
Coale encouraged her team after practice and named Kendra Moore as the practice player of the day. The OU staff has been praising Moore for her work ethic and leadership all fall and summer.
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"As a senior, I have to help set the tone in practice," said Moore. "That is what I tried to do today. I really dedicated myself this offseason and I think that it showed today. Hopefully, I can continue to lead this group."
For freshman Amanda Thompson, a McDonald's All-American and consensus top-10 recruit, it was about the overall intensity of practice.
"It's different from high school because there are so many drills," said the Chicago native. "We don't waste a minute of time and you have to be really focused from one drill to the next."
Stay tuned to SoonerSports.com for video of the post practice huddle and several player interviews.