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 Lydia Bauer.
Senior, Lydia Bauer (Lake Zurich, Ill.), 6'0", 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?
"I feel that as an athlete our schedules are different than students because once our season ends, I consider myself a senior. After we lost to Kentucky I felt like that was my first day as a senior whereas regular students have until the end of the semester. It's been great working with the four other seniors; we've been great with communicating with each other so far."
After Kayla Tetschlag and Celeste Hoewisch graduated, there were a lot of questions as to how the team would perform without them. Then along came Julie Wojta and her leadership and the team didn't skip a beat. Now that Julie has graduated, you are one of five seniors expected to keep the winning tradition going here at Green Bay. Do you feel the pressure of not having the consecutive conference championship winning streak ending on your watch?
"I feel a little bit of a pressure but everything always seems to take care of itself every year, someone always seems to step up. I'm not overly concerned but as a senior you still do feel that pressure on your shoulders. Everyone, especially our five new freshmen are looking up to us."
Will you be that player to step up?
"I'll certainly have my games. I'd love to be that consistent player my team can rely on but we've got a lot of talent on this team and plenty of people that can score so we will see what happens."
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's been great and fit in right away with us. We love his personality and his style of coaching and it has been comforting to know that it doesn't veer too much from what we've been accustomed to the past two years. He's going to add his own things and we're ready and willing to accept those and learn."
What are you most looking forward to this season?
"I'm looking forward to seeing what this team can do. It's a whole new team with five new girls coming in. Just seeing who steps up and really takes on that role of leader on the floor is something I'm looking forward to."
Last season you sank a team-high 55 three-point field goals which is tied for 10th on the program's individual season record list. What are your goals this season?
"My goal is to definitely become a better all-around player. It's definitely something I've been focusing on the past three years. I want to make sure I have a solid pull-up jumper and my drive is solid. Being around the conference for a while coaches have now picked up on my tendencies and I'll need to develop those parts of my game more."
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 think my pull-up jumper is going to be my biggest challenge because it's something that's never been a part of my game in the past few years. My defense can always improve as well so I'm looking forward to working on that."
What do you think this team is capable of accomplishing this season?
"I think the sky is the limit. Every season is a fresh slate, a new season and we're putting in the work this summer and the fall. We know heading into the season we've done our homework and that gives us confidence."
With your sister playing college basketball, does the fact that you're a senior this year give you more attention and attendance at games from your parents?
"It's been easier for me to get more attention from them and I feel like I've always had the advantage with being only three hours away. They both watch as many games as they can for both of us so I doubt that either of them would admit they watch more games of one of us than the other."
Should you have any free time during the summer months, what do you typically spend your day doing?
"My summer is kind of interesting being in the 9-4:00 role Monday through Friday, I really look forward to my free time on Saturday and Sunday. As a team we love to do things like Brewers games and float down the Wolf River. We try to plan something every weekend."
Favorite ice cream or summer treat and why?
"I love a strawberry-banana smoothie."