This past summer of 2019, we were very fortunate to travel to the University of Louisville to film some drills with our longtime partners Coach Sam Purcell and Coach Beth Burns. The Women's program has been using Dr. Dish for around 5 years now and they just upgraded to our new Dr. Dish CT machine.
After we finished capturing a ton of great content, we asked if the coaches wouldn't mind filming a short testimonial about Dr. Dish as we knew they love our machines. They said, "Absolutely, but we have to share our story about Arica Carter." We were immediately intrigued. We had remembered Arica from following the team and knew that she had recently finished up her career this past season.
But we didn't know the full story. Watch the video below!
Arica played significant minutes her freshman year but she failed to make a single three pointer (0-15 to be exact). While she was a great playmaker and point guard, outside shooting was clearly her Achilles heel.
When she asked Head Coach Jeff Walz what she needed to work on in the off-season to get more playing time, the answer was simple: "You have to make shots."
And so Arica went to work. Coach Burns confirmed it: "Every single night I would leave the weight room, Arica was in the gym shooting on Dr. Dish." Rep after rep after rep.
And boy did she improve.
Throughout her next three seasons (with an injury red-shirt year in there), she shot nearly 40% on 3 pointers on 334 attempts (128/334 for 38.3% to be exact) and helped lead Louisville to a Final Four appearance in 2018 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2019. Later in 2019, Arica was drafted in the 3rd round of the WNBA draft (32nd overall).
While we ultimately know that it was Arica's hard work and dedication that has led to her success, we're beyond thrilled that we could help her along the way at Dr. Dish. It's always our #1 goal to help players reach their dreams in basketball and in life.
We look forward to following her career and success down the road!