Sophia Young-Malcolm Excited and Pleased with Start of Training Camp
The San Antonio Stars’ training camp is in full swing after the squad recently completed two preseason games against the Tulsa Shock. With just over a week until the start of the WNBA season, the team continues to prepare to get in physical and basketball shape as the season opener in Atlanta quickly approaches.
A positive out of training camp thus far this season has been the health of the squad, and forward Sophia Young-Malcolm is a big part of that. Young-Malcolm is participating 100% in games and practices as she returns from her knee injury that sidelined her all of last season. Along with Becky Hammon, the dynamic duo plan on contributing to the Stars’ success as they have so much in their careers.
“As professional athletes, Becky and I want to get back out there and be as good as we were before injury,” said Young-Malcolm. “Coach has emphasized to us that it is a process and it’s going to take a little while for us to get back into the rhythm of things. Becky and I have a great chemistry, and we bring a level of intensity to our team.”
It’s no doubt that these two former All-Stars bring a certain level of intensity to the team. And along with the training camp invitees who have impressed all preseason long, the team looks geared for a strong start to the season. Young-Malcolm has been thoroughly impressed with the new players both on and off the court, and she is looking forward to helping them learn and grow more as people and professionals.
“I am really impressed with the people that coach brought in this year,” she said. “They listen really well and that is something that can carry over not just in training camp, but anywhere. They are able to listen and go out and do what the veterans tell them to do, so that has been paying off so well for them. I really like them a lot.”
Despite a couple of losses to the Shock in their first two preseason games, the Stars have been pleased with the progression of their team and players. Coach Dan Hughes likes how his team has started to develop, even though it is still early on in the season.
“It’s early in the process, so for us every day we try to get a little better,” said Hughes after Tuesday’s preseason game. “Every opportunity we get, and it’s so early, we’re just trying to see if we moved our team along a little bit from the last time. I think we did.”
After the second preseason game against Tulsa, the players and staff are looking at the positives from their first couple of tests. Young-Malcolm reiterated Coach Hughes’ sentiments.
“There’s a lot of things we need to work on and playing recently against Tulsa kind of exposed that,” she said. “However, we aren’t using that game as a negative. We are actually turning it into a positive and are seeing things that we can work on to make our team better. So I think training camp is going really well so far.”