Lovings Looks To Improve Daily During Summer Months
July 26, 2012
FORT WORTH, Texas - Latricia Lovings has been working hard this summer to become more of a complete player. The junior sat down with GoFrogs.com recently to talk about how her game has changed and what fans should expect this year.
Lovings became a big factor for TCU in the middle this past season and is already one of the elite shot blockers in the entire country. The Fort Worth product has improved her offensive game this summer and should continue to get better for the Frogs in the years to come.
"I changed my shot this summer," said Lovings. "It looks a lot better and should really help going into this season."
TCU's leading rebounder overall and in conference play a year ago, Lovings often displayed a fire inside this past season that helped her become an intimidating force in the middle, ranking for a majority of the 2011-12 season in the top-15 in the NCAA in blocked shots. She credits her mother as the person that helped shape her into the type of competitor and defender she is today on the court.
"My mother is by far my biggest role model. She is a single mom and she works so hard," said Lovings. "She gave my older sister and I the best she could and she was always there for us. I see how hard she has worked, so I want to make her proud. She molded me into the person I am today. I love and appreciate her for every moment of my life."
Lovings, who ranked No. 25 in the NCAA in blocked shots at seasons end, had a breakout sophomore season as she moved all the way into No. 3 all-time in career blocked shots with now 89 blocks. She and her teammates have been working diligently this summer to improve as they head into arguably the toughest conference in the nation.
"This summer has been very intense. We have been hitting the weights and running everyday. We have also been playing pickup games four times a week," said the junior. "I'm so excited about the move to the Big 12. The level of play in this conference is amazing and I'm ready for season to begin. All of the hard work we have been putting in now will pay off in the long run."
Lovings, who posted the fifth-best single-season block shot total a year ago with 68 on the year, has noticed several individuals stand out this summer.
"We have become closer this summer and our motto has been to, Rise Together. Individually, Meagan Henson has really impressed me. She works so hard," said Lovings. "Our freshman class has also done some really good things as well. They are very young and energetic, which is good. They are ready and willing to work hard."
Lovings posted 5-plus rebounds and 3-plus blocks in five out of the 14 conference games this past season, including 11 games of two or more blocks and three contests of four or more swats during that stretch. She led the Frogs on the glass in six of the 14 MW games, including a game of 11 against Air Force in which she had eight defensive boards. Finally, Lovings helped the Frogs rank first in the Mountain West in blocks and No. 9 in the NCAA. She closed the year ranked No. 1 in blocked shots in conference play with 34 blocks.