Thursday, August 8, 2013

UIS women's basketball adds four to host of returners

Second-year University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball coach Chad Oletzke spent some much-needed one-on-one time with his players before the spring semester ended.

“It wasn’t very long because of NCAA rules,” he said. “It was only about four weeks, but we did a lot more stuff in the spring as far as individual player development that we didn’t really have a lot of time for throughout the season.

“We only got eight to 10 hours of individual instruction, but they learned individually about different areas where they can improve and hopefully they’ve really worked on those this summer.”

The fall semester begins in just more than two weeks, and Oletzke is preparing for the return of old and new players.

UIS should step on the court Oct. 15 for the first day of practice mostly intact. The Prairie Stars last season had only one senior, part-time starting forward Ashley Coffey. Oletzke has 10 returning players.

The story was published in The State Journal-Register on August 8, 2013.

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