Hannah Douglas, Butler's starting sophomore guard, has been a key contributor to the Butler women's basketball program over the past year. Last year as a freshman, Douglas became an immediate starter and averaged 7.3 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. ButlerSports.com talked with Douglas to get the inside scoop on this year's Bulldogs and "Dougie" herself.
Q: Though you were a starter as a freshman, talk about the differences on the floor between your freshman year and this year.
Hannah Douglas: "Our system is pretty hard to learn and there are a lot of things that are different than high school, so the transition from high school to freshman year was definitely not easy. Now that I've gotten a year under my belt and I know what I'm doing, I can play more freely rather than having to think about what I'm supposed to be doing all of the time. It makes it a lot easier to just play and react on the floor."
Q: You are just a sophomore, but you are one of the older more experienced players on the court this year. How has your role changed from a leadership standpoint?
HD: "It's changed a lot. Last year as a freshman I didn't say much at all. Now, as a sophomore I realize that I need to be one of the players on and off the floor who is talking and leading. It has been a big change but I am able to lead and it is something that I'm not afraid to do."
Q: The team has a lot of new players this year with three transfers and four freshmen. What is the team chemistry like on and off the court?
HD: "Even though we pretty much have a brand new team, the team chemistry is very good. Off the court we're all really good friends and hang out all the time, and on the court it translates. In the beginning it might have not shown on the court because we were still getting used to playing with one another but as the season goes on it's starting to translate more and more onto the floor."
Q: During winter break, you will not have classes and you can focus more on basketball. How have you spent your free time?
HD: "That's weird that I'm actually going to have extra time to do things! I am probably going to hang out with teammates and spend time with my family because I don't live too far away. Winter break is great for team bonding and building chemistry off the court."
Q: You were able to go home for Christmas for about four days. Do you have any special traditions?
HD: "On Christmas Eve every year I stay the night at my Nanner's (Grandma's) house. My whole family does and then Christmas morning we celebrate at her house and then that night we have a nice dinner. We're going to do that again this year. It's one of my favorite things to do each year."
Q: What is one thing that most Bulldog fans do not know about you?
HD: "I am the proud new owner of a rabbit named Katniss. I named her after Katniss from the Hunger Games. She is a mini rabbit so she looks like a little baby and she is the cutest thing ever. She runs around my apartment and she is pretty crazy. It takes about four of us to catch her because she is so fast."
Q: Jumping back to basketball, what are your goals this season individually and as a team with the Atlantic 10 Conference approaching?
HD: "I think for us the key is improvement because we are such a young group. We need to keep improving every game, and if we do that we have enough talent on our team to actually go far. We would all love to make it to the NCAA tournament and I think we truly can if we continue to get better as a team each day. For me, I want to keep getting better and doing whatever this team needs me to do, whether it's defense, rebounding or scoring."