Yasmine Robinson-Bacote, a
rising senior on the Pepperdine women's basketball team, reflects on the past
season and what it was like being coached by DeLisha
Milton-Jones, who completed her first season as the head coach for the Waves:
Q: How was your first year under coach DeLisha Milton-Jones?
A: It was a great experience. Coach D brings so much knowledge and charisma on and off the court. So it has been great to be able to learn from one of the best to ever play the game.
Q: What have you learned from all of her basketball experience?
A: I've learned a lot from her experience. She doesn't work on developing just our physical game but also our mental game. She gives great insight on what to look for in certain situations. She is a true student of the game so it has been a pleasure to learn from everything she has been through. She is helping me develop my game and bring it to another level.
Q: How do you want your teammates to remember you?
A: I want my teammates to remember me as a light-hearted and funny person. I want them to remember me as someone who gave her all when she stepped on the court and worked to put us in the best position to win.
Q: What do you feel was your biggest accomplishment throughout your time here at Pepperdine?
A: So far, I would say that my biggest accomplishment has been All-WCC first team. I have worked really hard on my game so it is cool to get acknowledgement for all the hard work I put in during those unseen hours.
Q: What do you think that you improved most on this past season?
A: I think my game as a whole improved this past season but I would say that my conditioning and my shooting has gotten a lot better. I became more confident in my outside shot and that is something that I will continue to develop this offseason so that I can come back better next year.
Q: What are you most excited about for about for your senior year?
A: I'm excited for a lot of things. Going into my senior year feels different than all the other years. I guess that I am starting to feel that sense of urgency and that feeling of it being 'now or never' in regards to my collegiate career. I'm looking forward to leaving a great legacy. I'm looking forward to being a leader for my teammates and being a part of creating a culture that will continue even when I leave Pepperdine. My goal is to leave this program better than I found it and I plan on fulfilling that goal.
Q: What has basketball taught you that carries over into the other areas of your life?
A: Basketball has taught me the definition of hard work and what it looks like on and off the court. If I truly want something, I know I have to work hard to get it. It may not happen overnight or in a week or even a month but every day you have to work in order to reach that goal. Basketball has taught me time management as well as how to be a leader. Lastly, basketball has helped teach me how to hold myself accountable and be responsible for my actions.
Q: What do you enjoy most about basketball?
A: What I enjoy most about basketball are the relationships that are built on and off the court. I have met some of my closest friends through basketball. When you work day in and day out with the same group of people, you begin to learn so much about them. You begin to build a sisterhood and ultimately a family. Even after the basketball stops dribbling, you build bonds that can never be broken and that is what I enjoy the most about basketball.