Every athletic team always has their star players that coaches depend on to lead in scoring or provide the best defensive pressure.
What sets championship squads apart is the team concept. Championship teams get the most out of every individual on the team. Every player is depended on to fulfill an essential role that makes the difference between victory and defeat.
Coach Kalani Mahi has many dependable role players on his squad, none more valuable than sophomore Jennifer Mosso, who is key as the Sooners continue to progress in the national and conference ranks.
During Mosso's freshman season, she led OU with 0.90 blocks per game average, which ranks as the top single-season rally scoring mark in
While having a successful opening Big 12 season, Mosso sustained an injury that has tested her resolve.
"I broke my wrist during the conference season last year," said Mosso. "The training staff tried all sorts of methods from tape to soft casts to help me get through the season."
When the season ended Mosso was forced to have surgery that kept her out of spring practice and most of the summer training. Like many of her other returning teammates, Mosso knew the offseason was key to her development. Mosso spent the time concentrating on preparing herself for her return to practice and fall training camp.
"I never let the injuries prohibit bother me mentally or hampering me from having an efficient rehab," said Mosso. "I knew everything was healing well and that I'd be ready when my team needed me."
Injuries can affect athletes mentally as much as physically, but Mosso believes she'll be able to put her ailments behind her.
"I have come up with the attitude that nothing will stop me," said Mosso. "I've faced my injuries head on and know what to expect. I knew coming back from injuries takes time for a player to get their rhythm back, but I'm confident I'll work through any adversity."
With the goals of being completely healed and pushing herself, as well as her teammates to constantly improve, Mosso has helped promote the team's enthusiasm and winning mindset.
"We are playing really well right now and we need to keep working on our defense," said Mosso. "We just got our first Big 12 victory (against Baylor on Oct. 1) and I think we are going break out and show how much talent we have."
Part of being a successful role player on any team is working hard with your teammates.
Last year while Mosso was enjoying success on the court
"I try to verbalize what I see off the court," said Mosso. "I try to tell
In another effort to contribute, Mosso has been practicing at outside hitter to help bolster the team's depth on the outside.
"I've never really played outside hitter, but I'm excited to see how I adjust," stated Mosso.
With athletes like Mosso, who show the desire to overcome any obstacle, the Sooners have a key piece to the championship puzzle.
"We are a very confident and talented team, that really enjoys playing together," said Mosso. "We know have what it takes to be successful."