Three Points: Summer Workouts

Tyler Pigg
By Tyler Pigg
Director of Communications

NORMAN -- Even though it's summer time, the Sooners are hard at work on the court.

In our first installment of "Three Points" for the 2018-19 season, Jessi Murcer, Shaina Pellington and Madi Williams discuss what OU's workouts have been like, how the team is adapting to the six-member freshman class and what improvements each player has made during the offseason.


JESSI MURCER

Jessi Murcer

1. On getting adjusted to the team with so many underclassmen:
“We have a lot better chemistry. It’s not like a “clicky” thing where we you have seniors or people separated by class. I feel like we’re already a pretty tight-knit group and I don’t think that’s going to change simply because of our age and we all get along pretty well.”

2. On coming in with such a big class:
“I love it because it’s like half the team and we’re all in the same boat. If we don’t know what’s going on we can ask each other. It’s been pretty great, we’ve all became pretty close and it’s only been a month.”

3. On what the sophomore class has taught the freshmen so far:
“They said it’s going to be difficult, but the main thing is mental toughness. Never get down on yourself because you’re definitely going to face adversity but ultimately it’s how you respond to it.”


SHAINA PELLINGTON

Shaina Pellington

1. On playing with Team Canada and her first senior national team experience:
“It was my first experience with the Canadian Senior National Team. It was a blessing, to get an opportunity like that is huge. When you get opportunities like that they’re considering you for the Olympic team and that’s something I’ve always worked towards and strives toward. You’re playing against pros, people who are either playing professional or playing in the WNBA, so the competition is always high. You’re learning constantly. The environment is great, everybody is willing to learn and help each other out. It was very competitive and I’m grateful that I got the opportunity to grow from that.”

2. On what’s been most impressive from the freshmen:
“We’ve all talked to them about specific roles and whatnot. The same thing with us last year, we got a lot of minutes, we were expected to come in and do our job. We’re expecting the same from them and they are more than willing to do it. They’re an exciting group of freshmen. They work extremely hard and, in this conference, if you work hard and are willing to work every single day, you shouldn’t have a problem succeeding.”

3. On this group of point guards:
“I like the leadership role that I have. It’s part of my game I want to grow in, so having those younger point guards coming in, I’m able to spread a little knowledge to them and let them know the ins-and-outs and what I’ve learned. I’ve only played one year with the team, but I’ve learned a lot and I feel like it’s a great opportunity for me to explore my leadership role and build upon that for our future point guards to succeed, as well.”


MADI WILLIAMS

Madi Williams

1. On getting settled in as a freshman:
“It’s been an experience. We’re all so young, so we have a lot of catching up to do. We’re trying to make a bond off the court so that we can play together well on the court.”

2. On who’s stuck out in the freshman class to her:
“Definitely Jessi (Murcer). She just has this thing about her that makes you want to follow her. She’s like a dog, basically. That’s it.”

3. On what it means to represent the Jordan brand:
“We just have to be able to represent. We have to do what we have to do because Jordan is super exclusive. Not a lot of people get to wear it so we have to show why we have the right to wear it.”


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