Welcome to episode No. 51 of The Scarlet Faithful podcast. Joining this episode is Rutgers women’s head coach Coquese Washington. In her first season, the Scarlet Knights have won three Big Ten games including recently beating her former team Penn State in overtime.
With just eight scholarship players, Washington and her staff have balanced things well to get the most out of this team so far. They’ve quickly established themselves as a team that plays hard and battles for 40 minutes. Returning players like Chyna Cornwell has made major progress while newcomer Kaylene Smikle is a strong contender for Big Ten Freshman of the Year.
Despite some lopsided losses earlier in the season, Big Ten play has seen this team improve throughout. They’re No. 3 in the league in blocked shots and No. 5 in free throw shooting percentage. At 9-14 overall and 3-8 in league action, RU is tied for 10th place in the Big Ten. They just completed a stretch of playing three top 15 teams over the last couple of weeks.
Rutgers plays three of their next four games at Jersey Mike’s Arena starting with Wisconsin on Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m. ET.
This episode includes topics like player development, embracing of roles, managing minutes, building the culture and establishing an identity, expectations for the rest of this season and much more.
Thanks to coach Washington for taking time out of her busy schedule to be to join this episode. And thank you for listening and or watching once again.
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