Oct. 14, 2013
Head coach Stacie Terry
"I'm going to start off just by saying how excited I am to be the head coach here at San Diego State. I have a group of 12 (players) who have been working so hard to get better everyday. We had our first scrimmage against our scout team and I was so pleased with the effort. There are so many things for us to be excited about for the future of this program, starting with (senior center) Cierra Warren. She's been sitting out for us, and this is her first year playing in a little while. She looks like an All-American, so she is expected to do big things for us here this year. Along with her, I have another senior, Danesha Long, who has been leading by example. I have great leadership throughout the top, which has helped us get where we are in the short couple months we've been together."
On if she feels comfortable coaching in her hometown of San Diego:
"I am so happy to be back in San Diego. It's a great place to be, and my family is here. I take pride in wearing SDSU across my chest because I grew up watching them in all sports. I'm very comfortable here, and I'm going to be here for a long time."
On what the team's identity will be this season:
"We have great post play and great guard play to compliment that. We all understand our roles and what we're going to do. I've been a couple different places and have never had such good post play. We are going to be very, very strong there. I can't ask for more. The kids are working their tails off, getting better everyday. Our goal is daily improvement, and I think we've definitely done that. There's been a precedence set here at San Diego State that we are a defensive team, and we still will be. But I'm excited to show off our offensive side also. It's nice not having to coach effort. We have a group that works very hard without me having to get on them."
On her thoughts about being able to start practicing earlier this season:
"It has helped me a lot because I'm coming into a situation where I needed to know the players that I have. It really helped us gel. Actually, at the start of practice, I felt like we were ahead of where I've been with other teams. We've been able to put things in and our offense is pretty much fine-tuned. It actually helped us quite a bit."
On what senior Cierra Warren is going to bring to the team:
"We've been pushing her to be the all-around player that I know she can be. She's going to demand double and triple teams all year. So her ability to make her teammates better is only going to make her stock rise as well as help us win more and more games. She's answered that call. It's going to be really exciting for everyone to see."
Senior center Cierra Warren
On what is different about the team this season compared to last year:
"The biggest difference is we won't just be a team of one or two really good players, but a group of 12 that each has a very important role on the team. I feel this year, everyone is open to do what they can do, and no one is afraid to play their game. I feel that's really going to help our team. It's just a completely different team because we're all together now."
On the team's transition to the new coaching staff:
"For me, since I've transferred from two different schools already, it's just a walk in the park for me now. I feel we actually are coming together as a team quicker than I thought we would. I think it shows what type of team we are, that we're able to adapt to different situations. I feel the team is really excited about it. We have a great coaching staff, and the energy they bring helps us bring energy."
On what she's going to bring to the team:
"I really feel like I am a center. I know coach and I joke around about me being a guard, but being a center, you're that player in the middle that people depend on. I really do like playing with my back to the basket. But as coach always says, if I'm going to be the All-American that I want to be, I'm going to have to pass. So I have the ability to score and also pass the ball to my teammates to create opportunities for everybody."