Here's a few thoughts on practice and individual workouts from "Courting Success" by Muffet McGraw:
It’s not true that practice makes perfect. Actually
the saying should be, “perfect practice makes perfect.” You have to have effort
and intelligence. We talk quite a bit
about that. This is especially true when I see a player who could be great
defensively. She has great energy and enthusiasm, but she fouls or is out of
place guarding the wrong person. It’s a combination of effort and the
intelligence to stay within the team concept and know exactly what everyone on
the team is supposed to be doing.
Great players work more individually outside of
practice than the average players. The really great players are the ones who
come in early, stay late, and come in on their day off.
They knew their weaknesses, and they worked on those
weaknesses. We’ve had good players who came in and worked hard in practice. But
after those two hours are over, they leave .The only way you can improve as a
player is by what you do on your own. To that extent, I believe players are
made over the summer if you put the time in over the summer, when the coaches
aren’t allowed to be there, that’s when you really see the improvement.
We’ve had people who have left the locker room after
having just played a game and go straight to our auxiliary gym, the pit, to
shoot free throws because they weren’t happy with the way they shot them during
the game. You have to have that kind of dedication to be great.