Women's Hoops At SEC Media Days

OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM Nikki Byrd at SEC Media Day (Kristen Saibini)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM
Nikki Byrd at SEC Media Day (Kristen Saibini)
OLEMISSSPORTSDOTCOM

Oct. 27, 2011

Photo Gallery | Video

Birmingham, Ala. - Ole Miss women's basketball head coach Renee Ladner and senior forward Nikki Byrd met with the media Thursday afternoon at the SEC Basketball Media Day at the Wynfrey Hotel.

The Rebels will open the 2011 season on November 11 at 11 a.m. versus North Florida.  The team returns four starters and welcomes five newcomers to this season's team.

Below is a transcript from the event. A photo gallery from the event can be found by clicking on the photo gallery link at the top of the page.

Nikki Byrd, Ole Miss Women's Basketball Player
On how they look to improve from last season...
"It's a group effort. We need everybody. We have to work together as a team."

In regards to 2012 schedule...
"This year, I feel we have more of a bond. We're looking forward to this season's schedule. It's decent schedule, and we like it a lot. We are in the SEC. We have to play SEC-caliber basketball."

On role on team (as a senior)...
"This year in comparison to last year, I'm taking on more a leadership role. I will have to lead and I'm leading by example, not words."

On team's trip to Canada and incoming class of freshman...
"Our trip to Canada was good for bonding. We needed the [bonding] experience. We realized the potential of our freshman."
"A lot of them [freshmen] stepped up. They showed a lot of things we can expand on."
"Our freshmen will impact us a lot this season. They showed us what we'll have and what we can build on."

On being pick 12...
"Our motivation is the fact that we're pick 12. We have a large freshmen and sophomore class, so we're looking forward to playing well this season."

Renee Ladner, Ole Miss Women's Basketball Coach
On the 2012 season...
" Athleticism. Quickness. Speed. Those are the things we recruited for. This year, we'll have 10 underclassmen, 3 seniors and 2 juniors."

On what they will improve on...
"We have a young team. Scoring will have to come from defense. We'll have to find points in running the floor."

"We'll have more depth this year."
"Nikki Byrd has the most size on the team and she'll have to step up."

On the incoming class...
"We have 5 newcomers. They were a surprise. They have no fear. They compete at a high level. They stepped out on the court [in Canada] and made a difference. Our freshmen (have) changed our game."

On Valencia McFarland...
"She's athletic, long and lean. She's a very versatile player."

On Gracie Frizzell...
"She's injured her ACL, so we're unsure when she'll be able to start."

On Monique Jackson...
"She's a banger...loves physical play. She's undersized, so she'll have to step it up."

On Danielle McCray...
"She's our quietest asset...an efficient player. She will be a stand out."

On Amber Singletary...
"She'll be playing back-up point guard. She's a great on-ball defender with 3-point range."

Will the newcomers start?
"We will play a lot of our young players early on."
"A new batch of kids, a new attitude and kids who love to play."

Ole Miss Gear
    Facebook
    Twitter
    Blog
    • 'The New Normal' on Defense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- Boise State had been the highest scoring team in the nation, averaging 40.2 points per game dating back to the 2000 season.  Highlighted by four interceptions, eight tackles for loss and big hits by several different players, the... read more

    • Second-Half Surge for Rebel Offense

      Friday, August 29, 2014 - Football

      ATLANTA -- After an up-and-down first half, which included a touchdown and three interceptions, senior quarterback Bo Wallace and the Ole Miss offense found their stride in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter. Leading 7-6 early in the... read more

    • VIDEO: Ole Miss-Boise State Motivational

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Ole Miss vs Boise State Official Team Motivational '14 from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Three and Out: Keys to Ole Miss-Boise State

      Thursday, August 28, 2014 - Football

      Three areas to watch as Ole Miss opens its 2014 season in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against Boise State from Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Contrast in Experience Boise State has one of the youngest teams in the country with 67 freshmen... read more

    • Volleyball Opens Steven McRoberts Era

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Volleyball

      Here are three pieces to keep in mind as we look ahead to the Ole Miss volleyball team's season-opening weekend in Buffalo, New York, starting with Canisius on Friday morning, the first of four matches over three days at the... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Football Episode 1

      Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - Football

      The Season: Ole Miss Football - Episode 1 (2014) from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Dome, Sweet Dome for Atlanta Area Rebels

      Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - Football

      For high school football players in Georgia, all roads lead to the Georgia Dome and the state championships.  For a handful of Rebels, those roads lead home, as Ole Miss opens the 2014 season against Boise State in the Chick-fil-A... read more

    • VIDEO: Forward Together Construction Update

      Monday, August 25, 2014 - Athletics

      read more

    • Relentless is the Word on Defense

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Football

      ESPN.com's Brett McMurphy asked each of the 65 coaches from the Power Five conferences to describe their team in one word.  Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze's word? Relentless. The same can be said of the Ole Miss defense.  And... read more

    • McCormick, Defense Shine in Win

      Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Soccer

      After playing 110 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Georgia on Friday night, Ole Miss responded with a gutsy 1-0 win over Iowa State on Sunday afternoon. The defense, led by senior goalkeeper Kelly McCormick was the story of the... read more

    • Rebels Battle to Draw on Historic Night

      Friday, August 22, 2014 -

      Big time crowd for @SECNetwork live sports event debut. Record attendance of 1,823 for @OleMissSoccer Let's finish strong.-- Ross Bjork (@RossBjorkAD) August 23, 2014 Ole Miss kicked off the 2014 season in thrilling fashion, rallying to a 1-1 draw with... read more

    • Kiffin Pleased with Defensive Line Progress

      Friday, August 22, 2014 - Football

      Like defensive coordinator Dave Wommack, defensive line coach Chris Kiffin has been pleased with his players throughout fall camp, particularly the depth bolstered by the return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and the addition of sophomore Fadol Brown and... read more

    • The Season: Ole Miss Volleyball Day One

      Friday, August 22, 2014 - Volleyball

      THE SEASON: Volleyball - Day One from Ole Miss Rebels on Vimeo.... read more

    • Rebels Kick-Off Season on National Stage

      Friday, August 22, 2014 - Soccer

      Three things from Ole Miss soccer head coach Matt Mott, previewing the season opener against Georgia on Friday night. Rebels Look to Take Next Step Ole Miss made history this past season, not only setting a school record for wins,... read more

    • Nkemdiche Headlines Retooled D-Line

      Wednesday, August 20, 2014 - Football

      The return of junior defensive end C.J. Johnson and additions of sophomore Fadol Brown and freshman Marquis Haynes have changed the face of the defensive line, but freshman All-American Robert Nkemdiche remains front and center.  With a season of experience... read more