Senior Lyndi Thorman is off to a solid start in her final campaign as a Roadrunner. The Macomb, Ill., native is averaging 4.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game in addition to shooting a team-best 57.1 percent (20-of-35) from the field.
The team is off to its second-best start under head coach Rae Rippetoe-Blair. What has been the key to the team’s success thus far?
“I would say the key has been hard work and playing good defense. If you have watched our games so far, we’ve held our opponents scoreless for long stretches in each game. Even in the game that we lost against Wichita State, we held them to nine points in the first 12 minutes of the second half. Just playing really good defense has gotten us this far.”
Even with that success there are always things to improve upon. What are some facets of the game that you are looking to improve before conference play starts?
“Right now I think we could improve the execution of our offensive sets. When run everything correctly, we look pretty good. It’s just a matter of doing that every single time down the floor. We also need to continue to play together as a team.”
A big part of the successful start this season has been the defense. What is it about the team’s defense that makes it so tough to score against?
“Everyone’s effort. You don’t have to be particularly skilled to play defense, it just takes you willing to do it. We have a lot of people on our team that are ready to get down and play hard defensively.”
Personally, you’ve gotten off to a good start and you were named to the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic All-Tournament Team. How satisfying has it been to start the way you have and how do you keep that momentum going?
“Anyone would be happy starting 5-1 and it’s a great turnaround from last year. I did not want my senior season to end up like last season. I think it’s just a matter of everyone keeping going, including myself, and continuing to improve every day.”
What are some goals you have for the rest of your senior season?
“I never want to stay content and I want to do everything I can to improve as much as possible. I’m happy with some of the games that I have played, but I’ve made mistakes and turnovers in those games too. I want to fix all of those things. As a team, we want to win the WAC, of course. We’ve also talked about our desire to win all of our home games and protect the home floor. Those are two pretty big goals that we want to keep.”
You already have one degree and are working on your master’s in justice policy. What do you plan to do with those in the future?
“Honestly, I’m still not totally sure what I want to do, even though the time for making that decision is coming quickly. Ideally, I would like to work with the federal government, but I’m coming out of graduate school and I understand that usually it takes a little more experience to get to that point.”
KC Cowgill was an assistant coach at Western Illinois when you played there and you have said before that she was one of the reasons you chose to transfer to UTSA. What has it been like to be able to work with KC as an assistant coach once again this season?
“To me it feels like she never left being an assistant coach. I know as the director of operations she had restrictions as far as what she could do, but knowing her personally I was still able to talk to her when I needed to. I guess this year she is a little more accessible because she is on the court with us, but she’s always been there when I’ve needed her.”
When you’re not studying or practicing, what do you like to do to relax?
“I pretty much stay in the gym most of the time. If we don’t have practice or anything like that, I still like to go over and play pick-up games with friends when I’m not extremely tired from practice. If not, I’ll just hang out and watch movies.”