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Lady Techsters ready to win

November 12, 2015

 

CATHERINE BURKE

Staff Reporter | cjb066@latech.edu 

Brooke Pumroy (12) attempts a layup during the Lady Techsters’ exhibition against Mississippi College. Tech went on to win the game, 112-52–Photo by Colin Fontenot

Brooke Pumroy (12) attempts a layup during the Lady Techsters’ exhibition against Mississippi College. Tech went on to win the game, 112-52–Photo by Colin Fontenot

 

Heading in to his second year as head coach of the Lady Techsters, Tyler Summitt’s plans for the team have not changed.

 

Overcoming a two-season losing streak was just one of the many goals he has in mind.

 

Mickie DeMoss, associate head coach, said Summitt is a natural, instinctive coach.

 

“He was born to be a coach,” she said. “He is always willing to learn and expand his knowledge as far as defensive schemes, offensive schemes or whatever fits the program and personnel.”

 

DeMoss said Summitt, as well as the rest of the team, has pressed in the offseason to put the pieces together.

 

“It is quite interesting to get all the pieces put together because you have such different pieces,” she said. “We just have to continue to be persistent every day in practice, to make sure we are getting our philosophy across on what we want to do.”

 

DeMoss said this young Lady Techsters team is excited for the start of the upcoming season.

 

“We do have some maturity and some experience to add to a lot of youth,” she said. “We will know right out of the gates how far we have progressed.”

 

DeMoss said Brandi Wingate worked hard this summer on improving her game.

 

“Right now, she is one of our go-to players,” she said. “We just expect her to keep growing and keep leading this team.”

 

Wingate, a senior forward, said she is ready to get back on the court.

 

“I’ve missed three years,” she said. “It is my senior year and my last chance to play for Louisiana Tech, so I am hungrier than I have ever been.”

 

Wingate said being a captain has put her in a position to mentor and lead the younger Lady Techsters.

 

“I just tell them to be coachable and to know that they do not know everything,” she said. “You have to be open and ready to learn, as well as have a good work ethic. You will pretty much succeed if you do that.”

 

Ruby Richie, a senior guard, said the team really worked on being a family in the offseason.

 

“We have so many new people a part of the team this year,” she said. “Because of that we knew it was critical that we grow and rely on each other in a family sense.”

 

Ruby Richie said one word to describe this Lady Techster team is hungry.

 

“Although we are young, we are so hungry for all around success,” she said. “This team is full of competitors that do not like to lose.”

 

Richie said the team is using guarded optimism when entering this season.

 

“We know we are young but our standards are high and will remain high no matter what,” she said. “I cannot wait to see the success of this team unfold.”

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