March 15, 2011
A member of the Patriot League champion-Navy women's basketball team will chronicle their thoughts for NavySports.com throughout the NCAA Tournament. Today, sophomore guard Megan Matheny discusses seeing "NAVY" appear during the Selection Show telecast.
It is the night of March 14 and even though I have had three days to try to come to the realization of what my teammates and I just did, it is still hard for me to put into words the feelings that are still overcoming me. This morning when I woke up I received a text from coach Stef and it addressed us all as "Champs." It immediately brought a huge smile to my face. I thought to myself, wow! We really are champions, this isn't just a name my dad is calling me anymore just to make his little girl feel important. So we all got together at Stef's to watch our game on television. We all crammed and squished as close as possible to fit the whole team on one couch when there are other places to sit, but this just goes to show how close our team is; we are one big family. We were all so excited to watch it as if we didn't know what the outcome was. But every great play stirred so much commotion even though we had already lived these plays first hand. It didn't matter though; whether we admit it or not we are each other's biggest fans and find our greatest motivation within each other.
After watching the game we hung out played some ping pong and pool and then went over to the Federal House together to watch the tournament selection. Right as we all walked in there was instantly an uproar of clapping, and cheering and whistling. There were cameras flashing everywhere and I remember turning to my teammate Audrey Bauer and saying, this is all for us!! It is such a great feeling to know that you have made so many people proud. We were all getting so anxious to see our name come up on the screen and when it finally did, we all jumped up and down and began screaming and hugging each other. After the celebration I took a second and sat back down right beside my teammate Cassie Consedine. We were both just sitting there quietly trying to soak this all in and I said this is too surreal ... WE ARE GOING TO THE DANCE! This is happening; our team has made history!
This is a dream every college basketball player has and it has become reality for my teammates and I. We are living the dream. This is an opportunity of a lifetime and we have worked so hard to achieve it. With that being said we won't slack off now. We are soaking up this moment but it is now time to switch gears. Practice starts Tuesday and nothing will be different. We are going to compete just as hard, sweat just as much to get ready for this next game. This is an exciting challenge and I know that's just how my teammates will look at it too.