Hello Scarlet Nation!
I hope everyone is doing well out there. A lot has happened since my last post so let’s get caught up! Right now everyone is in the thick of finals- writing papers, preparing presentations, and studying for exams. I was extremely fortunate this semester and completed everything early so I’ve just been cruising. As far as the team goes, we’re 5-3 and coming off a great win at the Garden against LA Tech.
Since my last post we hit a little bit of a rough patch, falling to both Princeton and BC. The common theme through both of those games was our inability to defend the three-point line. Something else that we have struggled to do, in a more broad sense, is to define what kind of team we are. By this, I mean that we have not yet demonstrated a niche. Are we a fast break team? A team that can force turnovers through Coach’s patented 55? Are we drivers or shooters? We have not been able to define ourselves. I think a lot of this can be attributed to the loss of three vital seniors from last year, combined with our youth. I have no doubt though that as we continue to study film and practice, everything will fall into place. We definitely have an abundance of talent and one of the most intelligent staffs imaginable. I think that our game against Louisiana Tech in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden was a stepping-stone in the right direction for us.
I have had the opportunity of playing in Madison Square Garden twice now. It is legitimately one of the most amazing honors I have ever had the privilege of having. Walking through the tunnels to arrive into the locker room area is surreal; knowing that all of the greats from every aspect of sports and entertainment have walked the same storied halls. Even though we view each game as a strict business meeting, we couldn’t help getting a little distracted and excited about the venue. To add to this, we were given the Knicks locker room as our own. Everyone, including the coaches, was a little star struck by this and all took pictures and examined the room in awe. This was a pretty awesome experience, not going to lie.
As far as the actual game goes, I think we played our best game of the year. We finally were able to effectively execute our offense. We shot exceptionally well from the field and everyone contributed. Defensively, we were able to force 20 turnovers and hold the Techsters to 46 points. I was so happy for AB (Ariel Butts) as she contributed 7 rebounds and 6 points in only 13 minutes. I always feel like a proud mother when my little (or not so little in AB’s case) freshmen play well.
After the game, Coach Stringer was so happy. This may sound a little corny, but anytime Coach Stringer is genuinely happy there is no way you cannot help but feel the same way. A happy coach is a happy program! To add to this, Coach got hold of both Kym Hampton and Theresa Weatherspoon and had them speak to the team about working hard and reaching our potential. This was really awesome, especially for me because I grew up idolizing T-Spoon. Aside from their motivational words, it was just amazing to see how much love and respect they have for Coach Stringer. Sometimes, as a player, because you are around Coach so much you forget how much she has done in her career and for women’s basketball in general. It is in moments like this that everything is put back into perspective and I realize how unbelievably fortunate I am to be in her presence each and every day.
A few other quick things to note- I wanted to give a shout out to Lauren Westendorf, our team’s Nike rep. She hooked us up with some awesome new elite socks to rock at the Garden and came by to see us play. I had the opportunity to intern at Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR this past summer so it was great to reconnect with Lauren and hear what she has been up to. I also wanted to congratulate Mo (Monique Oliver) on her 1000th point as a Scarlet Knight! Mo and I have always had a special connection- you can find us watching Spongebob together and coloring all the time- and I’m just so proud of her and all that she has accomplished at RU.
Well, I guess that’s it for now. I hope to see you guys out at the RAC on Wednesday for our game against Southern and on Sunday for a big game against Miami. Please let me know if you have any questions or want me to cover any specific topics. Take care!!
RU RAH RAH,