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The Ross Report - Jene Morris

Jene Morris was a second-team all-MWC selection last season.
Jene Morris was a second-team all-MWC selection last season.

 Jené Morris | Junior | Guard | 5-9 
 Hometown: San Francisco, Calif.
 High School: Urban High
 Birth date: 10/24/1986
 Last College: UC Berkeley
 Experience: 1L

 Morris Links:
  Ross Report Video | Bio

Christina Ross was a three-year letterwinner for the Aztec softball team from 2006-08. Last month, Ross became the second All-American in program history when she was named to the Easton Second Team. Over her career, Ross twice earned MWC Pitcher of the Year honors and was a three-time all-league selection. Ross is the career SDSU record holder in solo shutouts (23), shutouts (tied - 28) and strikeouts (612), despite playing just three seasons for the Aztecs. Ross is currently interning in the Aztec media relations office.

SAN DIEGO -- Jené Morris enters her junior season on Montezuma Mesa in 2008-09, and is coming off a remarkable first campaign in the Scarlet & Black. Morris, who transferred to SDSU after one season at Cal, was a second team all-MWC selection a year ago after helping lead the team to its best record in over a decade, its first-ever MWC championship game appearance and its highest-ever MWC regular season finish. The San Francisco native averaged a team-high 14.1 points per game and led the conference in steals with a 2.97 per game mark.

The Aztecs are already deep in their preseason training schedule with conditioning, weight lifting and individual workouts.

Morris recently got a chance to speak with Christina Ross about the upcoming season for The Ross Report.


Ross Report: Jené Morris

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Her thoughts on last season:
Last season was very fun and exciting. We started off kind of rocky and the whole time we just wanted to keep improving and proving ourselves within the conference. We knew our capabilities and our talent, but were not quite showing it at the time. We went to the conference tournament looking to upset everybody. During the season we hung close with a lot of teams but we never quite got those wins against the bigger teams. So we went into conference with a lot of confidence and had a lot of fun.

Her expectations for this upcoming season:
We are definitely looking to win the conference championship and the tournament championship and definitely compete a little bit better than what we did last year with the bigger teams. Hopefully we'll finish in the top group of our conference. Our conference is very good.  It splits up in groups; you have the top three, and then you have the middle group and then the last group. Last year we finished in the middle group, so we are looking to stick with the top groups.

On the teams preparation over the offseason:
Offseason? Well we really don't have an offseason; we have been here all summer. Our freshman just got here the second part of the summer. We have been running, conditioning, we have been working on our skills, and skill work. This preseason we are continuing to lift weights and workout and work with our coaches on individuals, so that will also help our team.

Her impressions of the freshman class and what she expects them to contribute to the team:
Well last year we had two true post players, and this years recruiting class are all post players.  So it will definitely help balance our team. We'll have a lot of big presence inside and it will also give our post players a lot of rest. They will also get a lot of repetitions, which will help us. It will also help us compete against the teams in our conference. Our conference is very big. Teams like BYU have some big bodies. Big bodies! It will definitely help our team compete.

On her experience playing for coach Burns and how she has improved her game:
Coach Burns is definitely an inspiration. She makes you want to work hard and I think that is definitely our team goal. We chose to stay here all summer just so we could get better. She works hard herself. She wakes up every morning at six to run and workout. Even when we are on the road you'll catch her in the weight room working out herself. She definitely leads by example and we follow her example.

Her thoughts on having to sit out a season due to NCAA transfer rules and what it took to stay prepared:
Redshirting definitely helped me. Not just skill wise, but getting familiar with my team. I was a late transfer.  I came in August, so I didn't really know the team that well. Redshirting definitely helped our team chemistry. I also redshirted with Allison Duffy.  That helped our team chemistry especially going into last year because we worked really well together. As far as me personally, I was able to work on my skills, and a lot more mentally than physically. You know, you never know what you have until it's taken away from you. Going into last season I had the eye of the tiger. I was ready to get back on to the court and ready to compete.

Her thoughts on whether or not there is any added pressure returning as one of the conference's top players:
No. I mean, I never really focus on myself; it's all about the team. I mean, there is pressure as far as leading my team and leading by example, but as for everything else, it's just team goals. We are looking to take the championship by working together really well and that is exciting.