Jaques Sees Signs of Improvement

Ali Jaques enters her second year as head coach of the Saints

Oct. 22, 2013

One month ago, Siena women's basketball coach Ali Jaques wasn't sure what to expect from her team.

In the past few weeks, while running practice, the second-year coach has been pleasantly surprised with what she's seen. "I'm starting to figure out that I can have higher expectations for this group than I thought," she said, at the team's media day event on Monday.

The Saints are coming off a 13-18 season and picked to finish seventh in the Metro Atlantic Athletic preseason poll, one spot behind where they finished last season, despite reaching the tournament semifinals.

It's understandable that expectations aren't high for this club, around the league, because the Saints have they lost their best player, first-team All-MAAC Lily Grenci, but Jaques says she's optimistic because of how her team worked in the offseason.

"You have to keep your nose to the grindstone and go back to work and that's what this team did this summer," she said. "They went to work."