|ISU women’s basketball utilizes summer months|
|Written by Emily Warner, Daily Vidette Sports Editor|
|Tuesday, 05 July 2011 16:30|
For many ISU students, the summer is a keen opportunity to pick up a job to fill the hours for their summer days. For the players of the ISU women’s basketball team, however, it’s a chance for them to improve their talents and take advantage of the opportunities that summer presents.
Since the basketball season has four to five months of a couple games a week, not counting the training and practices that take place before the season begins, it is not the best time for additional extra-curricular activities.
“It would be hard to get [an internship] in the fall or spring because
Broadway has nabbed an internship with WJBC radio where she is on-air everyday with R.C. McBride, who calls the play-by-plays for all of the team’s basketball games.
Along with activities like internships, summer is also an ideal time for student athletes to get some classes in.
“Everybody on the team is doing summer school…even though [the classes] go a little bit faster, we have more down time. We’re not traveling or anything so we can really focus on getting good grades,” Broadway said.
Also consuming the team’s time is weight lifting four times a week and conditioning twice a week. The team has also arranged its own time to do basketball drills and hold scrimmages against each other.
“We got together as a team and decided we’re going to get three workouts in a week to really work on our drills and shooting and ball handling,” Broadway said. “[Scrimmaging] is always a fun time because we miss playing games so this is kind of our chance to get in and play some games.”
Although having workouts four times a week may seem daunting, there is an upside.
“There’s no early morning workouts, which is nice because in the past we’ve had workouts at 5:30 in the morning, so it’s nice to do it around the mid-morning,” Broadway said.
But much unlike the school year, the team gets weekends off to spend their time as they please.
“The team is really busy and during the week it is kind of tiring with everything and then our homework, but [the weekend] is kind of for ourselves to do whatever we want, so it’s really nice,” Broadway said. “But we always hang out together because that’s just who is around.”