Insight Into Rutgers Women's Basketball

Go Shawty, It’s Your Birthday!

Hello Scarlet Nation!

 

How has everyone been? I’d first like to wish Christa Evans (Goat) and my mom very special happy birthdays. Speaking of which, I need to share what happened to me yesterday. For those of you who don’t know, Rutgers has five different campuses so students must take buses to get from class to class. Yesterday, I had gone downtown to pick up some balloons for Goat. To get back to my apartment I needed to take a bus from the College Ave campus to Livingston. As I got on the bus, carrying a bunch of balloons, I realized that the bus driver was Stan- the famous preaching bus driver at Rutgers. Stan is always giving motivational speeches and words of encouragement to his bus and I’m sure everyone on campus has gotten the famous Stan high five. Anyway, as I got on the bus he saw the balloons and started to wish me a happy birthday. When I told him it was my friend’s birthday and not mine, well, he really didn’t seem to care. He then asked my name and conducted the whole bus in a rendition of  “Happy Birthday”. The bus sang to me all the way down Route 18. I was embarrassed but it was a good laugh. I only wish Christa could have been there to enjoy her song.

 

Basketball-wise, official practice has begun and we are a little less than a month away from our first game of the year. There is always so much to learn and go over during this time period, especially with four freshmen. There will always be trepidation, frustration, and stress felt by the freshmen as they try to learn a whole new system in such a short amount of time. However, I have been impressed by the way they are handling the adjustment. Most people don’t realize how much of the game is mental and the importance of understanding the small details. The mental and learning aspect is probably more daunting than the physical aspect for most kids. It’s always exciting to see a freshman pick up a new concept and run with it. Rachel (Hollivay), Kah (Kahleah Copper), AB (Ariel Butts), and P (Precious Person) have all made positive strides in their own way. As far as the returning players, everyone knows what they need to do in order to be successful this season and are working hard to do it.

 

A few other things to note- Dee (Khadijah Rushdan) and Ap (April Sykes), two of our seniors from last season, came down to Rutgers to visit us (on separate occasions). I loved being able to see them and hang out. You get so used to being around your teammates 24/7 that when they graduate it’s a strange feeling not seeing them anymore. I’m so happy we all got to spend some time with them and I’m sure they were happy to be back (especially since they were in a position where Coach couldn’t make them run suicides). I want to wish them both the best of luck as they go overseas to play this season. I will definitely be following their success.

Lastly, I wanted to share this picture with you guys.

Our team was introduced at halftime of the football game against UConn. While we were waiting to be called out onto the field, E (Erica Wheeler) decided she wanted to see what it was like to be a member of the dance team. I personally think she was awesome and now has a solid backup plan in case basketball falls through. It was a really fun, lighthearted moment. 
 

That’s all I have for you guys for now. I hope you enjoyed this post. Take care and GO RU!!

 

RU RAH RAH,

Brittany aka BLap

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