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The most improved team in the country?

Oct 18, 2011, 2:58 PM EDT

You bet, says William and Mary coach Debbie Taylor, whose Tribe was 3-26 last season.

The retro media guide (black and white cover) isn’t the only change in Williamsburg this season.

Taylor has watched the films — all 29 of them — but for the players, “We’re erasing it, she said. We’ve changed the way we do everything.”

That means the Tribe will play more uptempo, press more with more focus on defense.

“We’re in great shape,” said Taylor, a far different sentiment than last year when several players struggled to get through the season with injuries.

The young guns might be good, but Taylor is gushing about Katherine DeHenzel and Janine Aldridge. Dubbing DeHenzel, “my rock star,” Taylor notes the fifth-year senior has lessened her class load, allowing her to focus more time on the game this season.

Aldridge, who missed nine games after a concussion last season, has matured, Taylor said. “I don’t think she missed a shot in practice yesterday.”

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