While the Sooners had the summer to reflect on their accomplishments, the returning players were back out on the practice field Monday for their first fall practice. It’s the beginning of a journey for Oklahoma as it looks to become the first team to repeat as national champions since Arizona in 2006 and 2007.
When the team entered fall camp in 2012, it needed little motivation as the feelings still lingered from a loss to Alabama for the national title. This season, with the title in Norman, the squad’s motivation is a slightly different.
Four seniors graduated last season: two-time USA Softball National Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts, three-time All-American Jessica Shults and All-Big 12 honorees Michelle Gascoigne and Brianna Turang. It was a highly-decorated class and one that played an integral role in the Sooners winning the title, but head coach Patty Gasso thinks the team this fall is looking to establish its own identity.
“We love Keilani Ricketts, Jessica Shults, all of our seniors who have gone off. We love them but we want to show you that we are still pretty athletic,” Gasso said. “We can still find ways to get it done; it just might not look the same. We are still athletic enough that we can do it.” (More at SoonerSports.com)
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