Alissa Pili: Culture Is A Big Part Of Our Success

Mar 21, 2023, 1:51 PM

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah women’s basketball team is Sweet 16-bound and Alissa Pili believes the Utes’ success is largely due to the culture they have built.

Pili joined Hans and Scotty G. Tuesday afternoon to give all of the details about the team and her experiences ahead of Utah’s big matchup with LSU in the NCAA Tournament.

You can catch the game this Friday, March 24 on ESPN with a tipoff time of 3:00 p.m. MT. KSL Sports will be in Greenville, South Carolina with all of the live action updates.

Culture Is A Big Part Of Utah’s Success

Pili was quick to give credit to her team’s dedication to building a solid culture as to why they are seeing the uptick in success they have the past two seasons. Pili transferred just this year to the Utes from USC, and head coach Lynne Roberts has been very pleased with her new star player’s ability to adapt to what Utah wants to do.

“Obviously Utah having a good season, last season and building off of that momentum and keeping that culture,” Pili said. “I think culture is a big part of our success and just why we are doing so well. It helps when a team is truly a team off the court as well as on the court. That chemistry is- the chemistry with this team is just the best I’ve ever been a part of.”

Pili says she and her teammates have been looking forward to a potential matchup with LSU for a while now, and are very excited and motivated they will be their next challenge in the Sweet 16.

“Every game is an opportunity to prove ourselves as a team and individually,” Pili said. “I think a lot of people overlook us and playing teams like that gets you a lot of publicity. It’s motivating to just want to go out there and show we can compete with them and that we are really good too. I’m excited. The team has been talking about this matchup for a while. It’s one we’ve been wanting.”

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports



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