Barbara Sitanggan, a sophomore
guard on the Pepperdine women's basketball team, leads the team in assists and
steals. She shares what she hopes to achieve as the season progresses:
Q: How has the season been going so far?
A: It has been up and down, honestly. In the beginning, we started off really strong and it was the same with conference. We are just trying to find our way back to where we were.
Q: How has your sophomore year been different than freshman year?
A: There has been a lot of changes, coaching-wise and with new players. I think it was for the better. I have really loved my sophomore season so far and how everything is going.
Q: How has the team adapted to the new coach, DeLisha Milton-Jones?
A: We have adapted pretty well. She was our assistant coach last year, so having that bond with her and then that growing with her as the head coach has been great. We already knew her and had a relationship with her and now that she is our head coach, it is really good.
Q: You lead the team in assists and steals. What do you see as your strengths?
A: Definitely defense because I am all over the other players and my coaches are always telling me to not foul or reach. That is something I really need to work on. Also, being the point guard, leading the team, trying to find everybody in their spots, and passing the ball, so I can get those assists.
Q: After such a strong season last year, making it to the WCC All-Freshman team, what are you doing this season to keep it up?
A: I have been working with the coaches on different things that I was not able to do last year, such as shooting more. As we have been going deeper into the West Coast Conference season, I have been able to shoot more, work on my floaters, and improve on the little areas that I did not have time for last year.
Q: What is your role on the team?
A: Just being a floor general. Last year I was learning, more so to play at the college level, and now I am trying to find that role and communicating with everyone.
Q: Does the team have any specific goals for the rest of this season?
A: Our goal is to find our identity first. We are trying to work through that. We have definitely improved from last year and I think it is amazing. Our culture has been so much better this year. One of our main goals is to get further in the West Coast Conference Championships and that is our focus right now.
Q: Is there anything you want to do this year that you haven't done yet?
A: Not this year, but next year I am hoping to go abroad during the summer. Hopefully I will be going to Thailand.