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Ronald Hughey: "a lot of people won't say this; but, I am pushing the team to get to the Sweet Sixteen this year. That's the destination for us."


July 19, 2018

Listen (MP3) to Ronald Hughey, UH women's basketball head coach, recap the 2017-'18 season; look ahead to 2018-'19 including his goal of reaching the Sweet Sixteen; and more...

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00:00 -- Introduction
00:53 -- Recap of 2017-'18 season including success and disappointment
02:58 -- Building upon the success and preparing to be a team that teams want to beat this season
04:20 -- Difference in the team this summer compared to last summer
06:40 -- Update on the newcomers to the 2018-'19 season
09:05 -- Recruiting nationally
10:15 -- Reactions from coaches this summer based on last season's success
11:39 -- Sweet 16 expectations this season
15:08 -- Playing conference members UConn, South Florida, and UCF twice
16:29 -- Playing Texas A&M in the Fertitta Center
19:57 -- Playing George Tech in non-conference
21:04 -- Difficulty in putting together the non-conference schedule due to last season's success
23:10 -- Playing-style this season and recruiting to his coaching system
24:51 -- Expectations for Jasmine Harris and Angela Harris
26:35 -- What would it mean if the city of Houston were awarded a Women's Final Four to host?
28:49 -- What will it take to increase attendance for the Houston area college teams?

"We're looking forward to it; and, a lot of people won't say this; but, I am pushing the team to get to the Sweet Sixteen this year. That's the destination for us.

"You've got to a have a bold life and be a risk taker to ever accomplish things in life. I don't ever think that you can sit back and play weak teams and expect to be able to beat great teams.

"I don't ever think that you can sit back and go on the job, do average work, and expect to be promoted.

"I don't think that you can ever go in life and expect to do great things and you don't have a great mindset or a great attitude or a great work ethic to be able to get things done. So, again, it starts in the mind."

"I'm pushing them; and, our destination is to get to the Sweet Sixteen."

"The players 'are excited to hear about it'.

"At some point in life you had to have a point to where you develop an edge because of the doubt, the naysayers, the haters, however you want to form it; and, I have a team full of those. Just like me. And, we're out to prove people wrong."

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