CHICKASHA – With basketball season just weeks away, USAO’s women’s basketball team is busy conditioning, practicing and building team chemistry.

Coach Laci Tompkins said the women went on a team building retreat recently to help the almost new team form a bond.

“This is really exciting for me. I really love this group,” Tompkins said. “I’ll tell you what, it’s been a pure joy to come into work every day.”

With only four players and a redshirt freshman returning this year, Tompkins had a lot of recruiting work to do.

“We want to bring in young ladies who we invest in their lives and their careers,” she said. “We really are concerned from them on and off the court.”