PROVO – Remembering previous team titles is a tough counting exercise for Danika Bowman.
"I think four national titles, a few regional titles, a few state titles," she said. "I think."
The freshman defender, who is from Redlands, California, stacked up quite a list of accomplishments before coming to BYU. Bowman played on Olympic development championship teams, leading as a captain. She was named high school MVP and defensive MVP in back-to-back years. She played at national camp before high school. The list goes on and on.
Bowman knows, however, that success won't come right away at BYU.
"It's just a way different thing," she said. "There are so many good players and competition for playing time here. Club was tough, but you get comfortable with your coaches and teammates. Here, you start over. It was good to have the summer to get used to it."
Something that has helped her get used to things is spending time with other players on the team.
"They've all been so nice to us," Bowman said. "They have us over to dinner and talk to us and help us all the time."
Bowman becomes the fourth member on this year's roster from California, and the only player of the incoming four freshmen not from Utah. She's thankful to her parents, for helping her to accomplish what she has.
"They made a lot of sacrifices to help me be on a good team and travel," she said.