CHICKASHA – With several returners and a few strong newcomers, junior Calli Cooper said she isn’t worried about the Drover women’s success this season.

“I would say the last two years have been good for the women’s program, but we want to step it up even more,” the forward said. “We want to win conference and hopefully just go on to nationals — something that just hasn’t been done. We’d love to make history for the school.”

The Drovers arrived on campus a week and a half ago and just started school on Monday. The team may have gotten a late start, but Cooper said that won’t be a factor in USAO’s success.

“A lot of it is just work girls have had to do on their own over the summer. We did start a lot later than most of the schools in our conference but we’re not worried about that,” she said. “We’re in good shape and our chemistry is there. We’re ready — and I think we have a really good shot at winning.”

This will be Cooper’s third year at USAO. The education junior said one of the reasons she came to USAO was head coach Jimmy Hampton’s influence on her.

“I played with Hampton since I was seven or eight,” she said. “He’s turned me into the player I am today.”

Published: Sept. 1, 2011