Editor's Note: Back by popular demand. Coming off another historic season which featured the program's record-14th consecutive regular season Horizon League championship, as always there is a lot of anticipation for the next season in Green Bay women's basketball. Every Thursday throughout the summer, Assistant Director of Athletics Communications Jill Wunrow will sit down with one player to talk about the expectations they have for themselves for the upcoming season and what fans can expect to see from them individually. This week we catch up with senior Sarah Eichler.
Senior, Sarah Eichler (Grafton, Wis.), 5'11", F
Your senior year is finally here, can you believe it? What have your emotions been as you are back to lifting with the team and playing pick-up on a weekly basis?
"It has actually come up really fast, especially since I still have memories from my freshman year that seem real recent. It hasn't really hit me yet that I'm a senior, I think the last week of summer workouts and weightlifting it will. My experience here at Green Bay has been a gradual transition from being a freshman to a senior, evolving over time."
The Green Bay tradition and the success of the program is often talked about and how its values are handed down from generation to generation; is that why this program is so successful from your perspective and how do you continue those winning traditions?
"I feel our success is based on the players we bring in. We are so accountable and you get to that point when you're a senior and think, 'not on my watch', I can't let this program down. We hold ourselves accountable when it comes to winning that we would take it personally if our consecutive conference championships did come to an end."
You'll tip off your senior campaign with a new head coach, the first different coach you've had year yet a familiar face to Green Bay basketball. What have you seen from Coach Borseth so far that has been refreshing and unexpected?
"He has a very energetic personality and seeing him around here this summer really helps keep motivation as we are the only team here, besides men's basketball. He is fascinated with so many things and his energy is really contagious and it makes it easier to be here during the summer. With camps going on, it makes it easier to see him interacting with other players, knowing that he will teach and coach us in the same way."
What are you most looking forward to this season?
"I'm really excited for everything this season, the first game, our first conference game, my sister to come, the conference tournament and most excited for the NCAA Tournament and seeing what we can do. It's my last one of everything so it's almost like it's new again, like my freshman year; there's excitement about my last first home game. Nothing can beat that excitement and anticipation of those experiences."
The past two years you have had some of your best career performances in postseason play, most notably tying a game-high 16 points in last year's NCAA Tournament first round game against Iowa State. What can fans expect to see fromin her final year with the Phoenix?
"I just want to bring energy and keep my team going when we misstep. Whether I score two points a game or 20 points a game doesn't matter because our team fills roles so well. The biggest thing I want to be is consistent for my teammates and play with intensity every time I step onto the floor."
What do you think is the biggest area regarding your game in need of improvement and what have you been working on the most to improve for the 2012-13 season?
"I need to keep striving to be better offensively. The more pressure the seniors can take off each other as far as putting up points and getting stops, the better off we will be. I feel this year is going to be my most consistent year with my experience of playing and that experience will help me make the right decisions and play more consistently."
You're the only player on this year's team that has been in the starting lineup since their freshman campaign. How much do you think your experience throughout the past four seasons will help lead this team?
"The perspective that I have is a little different than the typical college player who may not start a single game their freshman season coming into a program. I think we may see a lot of younger players having to step up this year and as I am able to relate to them I can help with any fears they may have. I think it's important that seniors and underclassmen especially have a close bond in order to build confidence, making it easier to play our best."
Your sister Hannah will be a preferred walk on with the team this season. You consider her your best friend, how special will it be to have her on the court with you? What kind of advice have you given her in making the transition from high school to college?
"Our family talks basketball all the time, which is not always the best mentally. My sister is very driven as she has been working out alot. I keep reminding her that she can't beat herself up when she gets to college and can't necessarily do everything right away. It's going to be great to play with her again, I'm really excited she's moved up here to Green Bay already just to be here in this environment."
Should you have any free time during the summer months, what do you typically spend your day doing...besides sleeping, as we all know that is what you love to do most.
"I just got a puppy so that takes up a lot of my time. She wants to play alot so I usually stay awake as long as I can until she takes a nap, then I know it's my time to nap too."
Favorite ice cream or summer treat and why?
"Since I'm lactose intolerant I'm not able to eat ice cream but my sister introduced me to chai tea iced lattes so I get those with soy milk as often as possible. I also tend to drink frozen lemonade coolers."