Nov. 17, 2009
Greetings, Wildcat Fans!
Well, I am thrilled to report that we are currently undefeated! Our win against Toledo marked the first win on the road since coach McKeown took over as head coach last year. The game went very well... for the most part. Throughout the game we really looked to push the ball in transition more than we have done in the past. It was fun seeing our team get up and down the floor quickly and score easy buckets. However, after having a cushy lead throughout the majority of the game, Toledo fought back in the second half with a 15-4 run. Previously our team has struggled holding on to second-half leads, but in the end I was very proud of our team for finishing strong and emerging victorious, 74-63. In the last three minutes, we were clutch from the free-throw line, going a perfect 8-for-8 to help us close out the game. Toledo's head coach, Tricia Cullop, was quoted after the game as saying, "We played a team that might not be picked to finish in the upper half of the Big Ten, but there is no doubt in my mind they will finish in the top half of their conference. Northwestern is a very talented team and they will surprise a lot of people." This sums up what our team believes we can accomplish this year and it is nice to have it confirmed by the opposing team's coach.
Two things that I would feel remiss not mentioning is the Toledo student section and an epic feat by Coach McKeown. Toledo had a many loyal fans including their lively student section. This section had about 15 people who dressed head to toe in school colors. However, they were scary looking... they had masks, full body paint, and full body armor to top off the outfit. If I ran into them in a dark alley or a haunted house I would be terrified. It was amusing. For those of you who have attended a Northwestern women's basketball game and have seen Coach McKeown in action, you know he is a very animated presence on the sideline, stopping his feet, waving his arms, yelling and throwing his jacket the minute he can't take it anymore. I just wanted to officially announce that since I have been playing for Coach, our win against Toledo is the first time I have ever seen him NOT rip off his jacket in frustration during a game. If you have even watched him, you know that this is an epic occasion worth acknowledging ☺.
Postgame, everyone was excited about the win. The mood on the long bus ride home was great. The rule is if we win, we get rewarded with being able to watch a movie on the way back home. Since we emerged victorious, we watched Mr. Woodcock, which was a movie I had never heard of before, but was surprisingly very entertaining. We also watched my all-time favorite flick, Shawshank Redemption. Our loving and supporting parents provided another great part of our trip home as they baked us some amazing goodies! I have to give a shout-out to Mrs. Orban because she always bakes us amazing treats and once again, did not disappoint. I know a lot of other parents baked us goodies, too, but it was hard to keep track because there was a constant stream of desserts being passed around, which no girl on the team was disappointed about! So, thank you!
Our team has a lot of basketball coming up! We have five games in eight days--basically every player's dream. As fun as it is to practice, playing games is the best part because of the competition. I am most looking forward to the DePaul game (on Tuesday, Nov. 24) because one of my high school teammates, Deirdre Naughton, plays for the Blue Demons. She is a fifth-year senior and just recorded her 1,000th career point. Deirdre was someone I looked up to when I first entered high school because she was a great role model of what it would take to become a college basketball player and because she had the best work ethic of any player I have ever played with. So come check out two New Trier graduates compete for the last time against each other in college athletics.
Also if you are attending the men's and women's double header on November 24th please bring in canned food for the food drive Northwestern Athletics is promoting this holiday season. Thanks for your support!
Our next home game is this Friday at 8:30 p.m. against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville. Come check out our team and the women's volleyball squad who plays right before us at 6 p.m. against Wisconsin!
Talk to you next Tuesday,