NEW YORK CITY - Taking the step from college to the professional ranks is an adjustment, even for a two time conference player of the year.
Maggie Lucas of the Indiana Fever is one of the many rookies who has experienced that day-to-day challenge of facing the heightened talent level the WNBA offers. Although she was released by the team that drafted her and had a slow start with the team that picked her up, the two time Big Ten Player of the Year out of Penn State has come on as the season progresses.
We discussed some of these ideas with Lucas following her game-high 17 points in the Fever's loss to the New York Liberty on Sunday.
Swish Appeal: Discuss your Penn State days.
Maggie Lucas: "I could not have a better college experience. The basketball, community, academics coaching staff, all were great. Just so pleased to come in and help build something that when we left, were proud of."
SA: What are some things you are trying to work on?
ML: "My foot work and quickness. I have to get faster because the game on this level is played much faster than college.
SA: What are some of your strong points?
ML: "Outside shooting ability. I feel my release is quick. I came off ball screens well and can catch and shoot."
SA: What are your impressions of moving from college to the WNBA?
ML: "It (WNBA) is a faster more physically demanding league. He depth of talent is something also. But I think the thing I find most demanding in the physicality of the players and the game."