The anticipation leading up to the Sweet 16 game was a feeling that I hadn’t felt in a very long time. I don’t know if it was more of anxiousness or nervousness, but either way I was ready to play, and I knew that my team was too.
We didn’t start the game off the way we wanted to, and the ball just wasn’t falling for us. I give my team all the credit in the world for our fight throughout the entire game. We never gave up; we never lost belief in what we were trying to accomplish. Although it didn’t go the way we wanted, it became a learning experience for all of us.
I’d be lying if I said that the time difference didn’t have an effect on us, but for the most part you wouldn’t even be able to tell that we’re all the way across the country. Getting in late Friday night gave us the opportunity to come straight to the hotel and just rest, some much needed rest after the long day that we had beforehand.
Going into the NCAA tournament is always a great adventure, but the process to get to this point was one in itself. It wasn’t easy, and we were tested in all aspects during the year, which makes us appreciate that much more how far we’ve come as a team.
The anticipation of Selection Monday is always a great environment to be in, walking around campus with our heads held high, waiting to see where we are going to be competing and who we'll face.
Let’s face it, rookies have it rough. Coming from their college environments where they were at the top of their game, and then finding themselves climbing up a whole new ladder. It's something that all rookies go through, no matter if they were a college star or a bench player. There are exceptions, Taurasi, Parker, Moore – but those exceptions are few.
Yesterday morning I woke up to my usual coffee and internet perusing when I saw the post on facebook. It seemed that head coach Corey Gaines was relieved of his duties by the Phoenix Mercury. Almost immediately I tweeted it out and reactions were everything from relief to excitement – and even somewhat mixed (some on the remorseful end). It was a bit of a bombshell announcement, although any kind of major firing of staff mid-season usually is.
Here we are again, it’s WNBA All-Star time. With a slightly last-minute re-vamped roster (top fan choices Delle Donne and Griner are out with injuries), the WNBA will roll out the All-Star game for the 11th time in its 17 year existence. This does not count the 2 other WNBA vs. USA basketball exhibition games in 2004 and 2010, but put those in there for good measure and we’re up to 13.
This year’s All-Star game will be in Connecticut – for the third time.
It's only the fourth week of the season, but the tone has been set: It's going to be a physical, competitive, roller-coaster ride that will keep teams fighting for a playoff spot until the very last game of the season.
Workin’ Overtime (especially in Tulsa)
There have already been six overtime games this season; by this time last year, there were only three. One may surmise that with the number of games resulting in overtime that the level of competition has really heated up in the league.