Head Coach Katie Meier addressed the media before the 2019-20 women’s basketball season last week. Meier opened her comments by speaking about senior standout Beatrice Mompremier, calling her “one of the best, if not the best players in the country.” The ‘Canes will be led on the court by Mompremier, who was named preseason ACC Player of the Year. Meier added on by praising Mompremier as a leader, telling media that, “she’s curious about leadership... she wants to know what the team needs from her.”
Meier also explained how proud she is of Mompremier’s journey from local prep-basketball standout to star for her hometown college team. “It’s a great story for the community, it’s a great story for Miami [Senior] High,” Meier said, “this is a long journey that we’ve had with Beatrice.”
However, the ‘Canes will need more than just one player to be competitive this season. Meier also praised the freshman class, telling members of the media, “the freshman are really going to be very special.” She even went so far to say that the freshman could make a significant impact on the court this season, “they’re that good, even though we returned a lot, there’s room for them.”
Meier focused in on the freshmen post players, commentating that, it’s rare to have young players that “have the great basketball IQ” that the freshman class has shown so far. Coach Meier further explained that one of her concerns was losing so much experience from last year’s team with the loss of the likes of Emese Hof, Khaila Prather, Laura Cornelius, and others, but she said, “we have freshmen that get it, and that’s exciting.”
Coach Meier also praised the junior class, commentating that “I look at them and I just assume they’re seniors caused they’ve played so many minutes for me.” Meier also added that, “the first couple practices [we’ve] been the most competitive team I’ve ever coached,” continuing to say, “we were fighting, we were clawing... the fight is there, the desire is there, the intensity is there. We’re scrappy, and we play our tails off.”
Coach Meier also said that her biggest problem watching film is figuring out who to start. “There’s at least 10 to 12 players that you could say should start on my team and they’re not all going to,” she added, “it’s gonna be my job to make sure I get the lineups right.”
Coach Meier’s press conference wrapped up with a question about the disappointing end to last season, which ended with a heart-breaking, last-second loss to Arizona State in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament. “We were a Sweet 16 team last year, that was a bad loss for us, that hurt in a lot of ways,” Meier said. “We’re working on special situations, first practice, I mean get the ball in bounds ladies,” she continued, “we had an opportunity to go to the Sweet 16 and couldn’t inbound a ball.”
Coach Meier and her ‘Canes will begin their highly anticipated season November 10th against Jackson State. The ‘Canes enter the season ranked in the Top 25 of both major polls and projected to finish 4th in the ACC.