NORMAL — A rapid pace of adjustment has the Illinois State women’s basketball team encouraged after two weeks of practice under new coach Stephanie Glance and her staff.
“It’s fun having them here. We’re really comfortable with them,” guard Amanda Clifton said Thursday. “I didn’t think we would be this comfortable, but we are at least as comfortable as with the last coaching staff and they were with us forever.”
Forward Emily Hanley said the first two weeks have “flown by. They’ve gone really well. It’s been tough in the beginning trying to learn a lot of new stuff, but we seem to be coming together.”
Clifton sees “lots of differences” from the leadership of former coach Robin Pingeton.
“We’re learning Coach Glance’s game and how she wants things run. We’re adjusting quite well surprisingly,” Clifton said. “Coach P and Coach Glance’s philosophies are so different, but there are a lot of good things with both. I like this one a lot. I think it plays to our strengths.”
Glance has been pleased with early workouts.
“They are a really good shooting team and have a pretty good knowledge of the game,” she said. “I love the work ethic of this team. I love the positive attitude and how they never quit on a play. They have a lot of resilience. I’ve been really impressed with that.”
Glance said a majority of her offense and a couple defenses have been installed.
“We wanted to get quite a bit in up front and then have some time to work through the glitches in those systems,” she said. “Now we have quite a bit of time to get really good at execution of each system offensively and defensively.
“You would like to see individual improvement and collective improvement, and we’re seeing that. That’s all I can ask for.”
ISU meets Illinois-Springfield in a 7:05 p.m. exhibition on Nov. 2 at Redbird Arena before opening the regular season Nov. 12 at Illinois.