Aug 30, 2013
ARLINGTON, Texas - The women's basketball team hit the court this week as individual practices started for Division I programs across the country.
The team was able to work out during the summer, but resumed practices with the start of school. Individuals consist of groups made up of four players and the team is permitted to practice eight hours per week for three weeks.
UT Arlington coach Krista Gerlich chose to put the women in groups by position, but can switch the players within the group at any time.
"We're going to have to pick up the pace and the intensity, but they're doing good and have a lot to learn," Gerlich said. "It takes baby steps and it's a process, but the team is doing really well and they're buying in."
On Sept. 15 all members of the Mavericks basketball team will start working out together as a team for eight hours a week. Teams are allowed 30 regular practices, with a max of 20 hours per week, before the first game Nov. 8 at Houston Baptist.
"Even though we've just started practices, we've been together a lot as a team," Gerlich said. "Everything we've asked them do to off the court is going well and the team is buying in."
The women got together Wednesday for a team building activity as they participated in a ropes course.
"The course started off a little shaking, but they were able to work together and it ended great. It was awesome," Gerlich said.
"Individuals are intense," sophomore Jordan Holub said. "Everyone is working hard and excited for season to start. We have a new journey ahead and this team is showing it in individuals."