CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - There is a new feel to the way things are run with the Coastal Carolina women's basketball team this year.
"Our practices are a lot more intense," junior guard A.J. Jordan said. "We're definitely coming together and we're having a lot more chemistry on the team, so that helps."
First-year head coach Jaida Williams has been happy to provide that new structure to the team.
"They wanted change, they wanted to be pushed," Williams explained. "They've done all the work, and all I've had to do is stand on the sidelines and blow the whistle every now and then."
But all of that work has yielded results: The Chants already have half as many conference wins as they did all of last season, and can get another one on Saturday at Campbell.
"The whole coaching staff brings an energy that you can't deny when you walk into the gym, and that really does affect the rest of us," explained Jordan.
"I've been lucky enough to have a group of student athletes that have been able to buy into the system that we have here, working above and beyond, doing everything that we ask them to do," said Williams.
While coach Williams has injected new energy into the program, she wants to give just as much credit to her players for adapting to the change in staff.
"They put in the time, so they deserve the results that they've been able to get," said Williams. "They're also a group that can put the ball in the hole, so when there are so many student athletes that can score it provides us to have fun basketball."