March 18, 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. Friday's entry is penned by freshmen guards Audrey Bauer and Kara Pollinger, who discuss Navy's trip to Penn State on Thursday.
It has been five days since we captured the Patriot League Championship title. Even as we held the trophy in our hands, going to the Big Dance seemed like only a dream. Everyone's enthusiasm and excitement has not tapered off with time. Now, more than ever, the dream is becoming more and more of a reality. The team had a productive two-hour practice this morning in Alumni, before we got on the bus. Right before we left, our Athletic Director, Chet Gladchuk, was there to wish us luck and provide a few motivational words. He has been nothing but supportive and inspirational the entire season, and the team could not appreciate it more. As we left The Yard, it was exciting to think about why we were leaving and the opportunity that awaits us; only a four-hour bus ride away.
After sleeping and watching Avatar on the bus, we dropped off our bags at the hotel and left to hit up the town. Our first stop was the Berkey Creamery where we all enjoyed a massive ice cream cone. It was a beautiful day so we were able to enjoy our desserts outside amongst the Penn State population. As if ice cream wasn't enough to make this day worthy, we headed straight to the movie theater. After enjoying our movie, we headed back to the hotel and ate dinner. The rest of the night consisted of relaxing, swimming (because we are in the Navy you know), and mentally preparing for what lies ahead.
We have been watching some of the men's March Madness games and have already seen a couple upsets. These victories inspire our team to do the same on Saturday. We are very excited and couldn't be happier to be here. It's a privilege to have made it this far and we are looking forward to representing our school and community to the best of our abilities. GO NAVY, BEAT DEPAUL!
-"The Happy Team"