DON’T WORRY, BE CAPPIE:
Earlier in the week, former Scarlet Knight standout Cappie Pondexter stopped by practice between being named to the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s National Team Mini-Camp Roster and heading to play overseas in Turkey this winter.
“It means a lot,” said guard Syessence Davis of Pondexter’s return to the RAC. “Coach Stringer emphasizes what Cappie did in the past, what she’s doing now and what she’s planning on doing in the future. For her to come back and help teach us to how to be better means so much.”
Davis, a Jersey girl herself from Neptune, N.J., remembers the days of Pondexter as a Scarlet Knight fondly.
“It was phenomenal to watch her play, to see her intensity and how she never gave up on any play. Whether she was down by 30, up by 30, she always played with the same intensity the entire game. She was always cheering her team on and there to pick up her teammates when they were down. She’s just the all-around player.”
When asked what part of Pondexter’s game Davis would like to emulate, Davis talked about explosiveness.
“Cappie is very, very explosive coming off screens and attacking, knowing when to shoot and knowing when to pass, I try to imitate that as best I can.”
Davis had several notable passing games last year as a sophomore. She handed the ball out 10 times against Providence last January 16, setting not only a new career benchmark, but also marking the most assists by a Scarlet Knight since Khadijah Rushdan notched 10 against Pitt Feb. 8, 2011.
One of the things the Scarlet Knights are excited for, other than the 2013-14 season to start, is the brand new Daktronics video board at the RAC.
“I absolutely love it,” said junior Christa Evans. “It’s been cool to watch it being installed. We go to a lot of schools that have a similar one, but for us to be able to say we have one is awesome.”
Several of the Scarlet Knights spent time on Monday and Tuesday shooting video for the intro that will debut when the RU opens up the season on Nov. 10 with Princeton.
“I LOVE the scoreboard,” beamed Kahleah Copper. “It just gets me excited about the season. When we traveled, we got to watch how other teams had their introductions and how it got them fired up. Now we can get even more excited and fired up before the game. “
“I’m excited to see myself up there,” Copper admitted.
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MONDAY MEDIA DAY – STAY TUNED:
Monday will be American Athletic Conference Media Day at Mohegan Sun, site of this year’s conference tournament. The AAC Preseason Poll and Preseason All-Conference teams will also be announced.
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