Head coach Gary Blair met with the media on Tuesday at the first weekly press conference of the season. Quotes are posted below and audio is available through the link to the right.
TEXAS A&M WEEKLY
Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012 - College Station, Texas
HEAD WOMEN'S BASKETBALL COACH GARY BLAIR
"We're ranked number 12 in the nation in the coaches' poll, 15 in the other. The coaches' poll came out today for the SEC. We're ranked number three, closely behind Georgia. A lot of that is we're picked because of where our program is right now. Remember back four or five years ago when the team was picked higher than where our program was. Our program was building a fan base. Our program was learning how to host NCAA regionals and finding out how to get to the Sweet Sixteen. Swish Appeal just came out with the top-50 programs. Texas A&M was number six. The people across the nation do not believe we're going away. We're here to stay. Right now, our program is probably a little bit better than our team, but our team has tremendous potential. We have four freshmen right now that are playing in my top 10. They're going to have to get their feet wet and make some mistakes. They're all solid and very good. That puts a whole lot of pressure on Kelsey Bone. Teams are going to try and take her away first and then worry about Bellock and Scott at the three and the four. In one way, I feel great where we are. Season tickets are great. We're still hosting an NCAA regional and across the nation we're well thought of."
"Tori Scott is the quickest kid we've had in a long time. I think she's having a very good fall camp. Kristi Bellock was our best player over in Italy. When the lights come on, we're going to figure out how well she can play under pressure. I really like the athleticism of both of those girls right now."
On the schedule
"We need to be able to handle early adversity with the schedule we're playing, because we're going to take some hits. We made this schedule because that's where our program is right now. We made this schedule to try and energize a fan-base in November/December instead of waiting for January, February and March. We're experimenting every day in practice."