The first day of fall classes starts on Aug. 22 at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. For Head Coach Robert Robinson and his women's basketball staff, that day cannot come soon enough.
With the addition of six newcomers to the 2011-12 roster, half of the team will be in action as an Islander for the first time this upcoming year. With all the newness among players, Robinson is eager to see the first workouts of the year once school starts.
"It'll be interesting when everybody gets here," said Robinson. "I'm looking forward to that to see what we have. There are a lot of new faces this year, and I think it helps us address some key issues that hurt us last year. On paper, what we have is going to work for us, and it will be exciting to actually see it come to fruition in August."
Although the coach has not seen the players in action together due to NCAA rules on summer workouts, many of the newcomers and returnees have taken it upon themselves to get better during the break.
"We are about a month away and all the new kids aren't here yet," said Robinson. "But I trust that a lot of the kids that are here have been working hard over the summer. That was my challenge to them with the coaches not being around to watch them, to get better over the break."
He is expecting the players to come in with a good attitude after putting the onus on them to come back for the semester prepared to work.
"We wanted them to challenge the mental part of their game," said Robinson. "If that was done, they should come in with the right frame of mind."
Newcomers for the Islanders this year are Trisha Amboree, Damequia Montgomery, Alisa Roberts, Marquesha Sparks, Vernequa Taylor and Mariah Jordan.