During the BYU Football Media Day afternoon breakout session, senior basketball guard Haley Hall Steed, who got married in May, shared her excitement toward joining the West Coast Conference with BYU Athletic Communications.
“It’s exciting,” Steed said. “We’re excited to see some new teams and faces. The travel is going to be awesome. It will be nice to travel to California and the west coast during the winter.”
This year marks a perfect year to join the WCC in Steed’s eyes because the team is already faces changes to its program.
“We have a young team so it’s a good time for us to make a transition because we graduated a lot of seniors,” Steed said. “There are a lot of changes taking place. Why not a new conference?”
Steed, who was named Third Team All-MWC last season, will miss playing in the Mountain West Conference but is looking forward to new rivalries in the WCC.
“There are fun places to play in the Mountain West because they fill up their arenas and have good fans,” Steed said. “I’ll miss the environment there. I’ve been part of the Mountain West for five years now. The rivalries were fun but it’ll be fun to have change and form new rivalries.”
Specially, Steed is looking forward to the rivalry she’s sure will develop between BYU and Gonzaga.
“The basketball powerhouse Gonzaga is going to be the rivalry for us,” Steed said. “It’ll be the big game of the year. They have a really good program and do really well every year. Over the last while they’ve dominated the West Coast Conference so that’s the team we’re excited to go in and play every year.”
Steed was granted a sixth year due to medical hardship and therefore, will return to Marriot Center for the 2011-12 season for her final year as a member of the BYU women's basketball team.
“I love this team,” Steed said. “I couldn’t leave them. I still have a passion for the game. Once you’re done playing college you’re done forever and you never play at that level again. I still have some fire left in me. They can’t get rid of me just yet. I’ve been here forever but I’m ready for one more year.”