Presque Isle, ME The UMPI women's basketball has undergone changes in the roster every college team does, but they also have a new coach in Traci Halvorson. Halvorson says she's confident that her roster can adjust from a different style of play.
“Sydney Churchill is a phenomenal shooter, Amanda Hotham is great in the paint. I have a transfer Carla Halvorson who I'm looking to develop as a point and a shooting guard,” said Halvorson.
And yes if you were wondering, Traci is Carla's mother. The mother-daughter duo say their relationship changes once they get into basketball mode.
“On the court I don't even notice that she's my mother, she's my coach. She's a tough coach at that. So there's no mother daughter relationship on the court," said Carla Halvorson.
"It's a different situation, but as she knows when we're on the court she's just another one on the team,” said Halvorson.
Sydney Churchill is one of the captains of the team and says that the team is now keeping each other accountable, both on and off the court.
"Traci set expectations early for what she wanted out of us and we've all adapted to that so quickly. The team chemistry has come together so much quicker than it has in the past," said Churchill
Several players on the roster play another sport including four on the soccer team, and the Owls are hoping they can use some of that athleticism.
"Conditioning really isn't that much of a problem, it's still a challenge because they are different sports, different quickness levels and direction change is a lot quicker in basketball," said Carla.
The Owls recently scrimmaged against the University of Maine at Fort Kent, a team who made the national tournament last season. The team wants to build off that for the season opener at Thomas on November 15th.
“It was a good test for us. We know Fort Kent's going to be tough, they've been tough in the past. I think that night showed how good of a shooting team we can be this year,"said Churchill.
"My expectations for the season are to continue to improve, and to continue to play as a team, and continue to be a unit."
The Owls first home game is November 23rd against CMCC.