March 17, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A member of the Patriot League champion-Navy women's basketball team will chronicle their thoughts for NavySports.com throughout the NCAA Tournament. Sophomore guard Chantel Lavender uses Thursday's entry to talk about the support the players have received from the citizens of Annapolis.
It's coming up on a week since we won the Patriot League title for the first time in Navy women's basketball history and now we get a chance to reap the benefit of going to the NCAA Tournament. There is still pandemonium lingering in the air from all the excitement of last Saturday. When I was in Rite-Aid a few hours ago a lady approached my teammate and I telling us how proud she was of what our team had done and the support we have from the Annapolis community going into the NCAA Tournament. This past week I have run into so many fans that support and believe in our team. As we go into Saturday's game, it is only right that we believe in ourselves because all our fans believe in us.
DePaul is going to be the toughest team we've played all year, but our team has been battling adversity since August and we have come this far. In my eyes this is just another mountain we have to climb over together. After talking with some of my teammates I can tell that everyone is pumped for the intense and electrifying game it will be on Saturday. Today (Wednesday) in practice Stef talked about how good and focused we have to be at game time in order to win. In preparation we had a very physical and competitive practice. The guards are even preparing by getting in some extra shooting on the Dr. Dish shooting machine. I even saw one of my teammates researching DePaul's players on their website. As long as I've know this amazing group of girls everything we've gotten through we have done it together. Saturday's game will be no different as we fight to keep our championship season alive.