March 19, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Navy junior forward Audrey Bauer (Lake Zurich, Ill.) writes Tuesday's NCAA Tournament diary for the Navy women's basketball team.
Dear Navy Fans,
What a couple of days it has been! On Saturday we defeated Holy Cross in the Championship game to capture the Patriot League Championship for the third year in a row! Everyone was so excited! Winning this game was one of our goals going into Patriot League and for everything to come together on Saturday was great. We had some ups and downs throughout the Patriot League season, and played against some really good teams-- so to come out on top means a lot. It was extra special to be able to celebrate at home, too. The support of our family and friends and so many others never goes unnoticed. We really do appreciate the support of our fans, it means a lot!
After the final buzzer sounded, we got new t-shirts and hats which was really fun. We ran over to sing Blue and Gold for the last time in Alumni Hall this season. The team was then presented with the trophy and we hoisted it above our heads together. We of course took tons of pictures! Next, it was time to cut down the net! We took turns cutting just a little piece and taking a picture. The piece will be a nice token to remember such a great day by.
After a relaxed day on Sunday, we were getting anxious to see where we would be going and who we would be playing. The selection show party on Monday could not have come sooner! We headed over to the Federal House in downtown Annapolis for dinner before the show began. Dinner was delicious! Again, to see our supporters come to say good luck meant so much to the whole team. Thank you! The show began shortly thereafter as attention on the chatter over dinner turned to the television. First, the team let out a cheer when my sister Lydia's team was called. I got to watch UW-Green Bay capture the Horizon League Championship on Sunday. They got a No. 11 seed and are set to face LSU on Sunday. It is really cool to be able to share something like the NCAA Tournament experience with her in such a way; not many sisters can say the same. And then we waited some more. It was quite the feeling to know that our name was going to get called-- an honor that only sixty-four teams in the whole country get to experience. We watched intently for our name and there it was...Kentucky versus Navy! Instantly, there were screams of excitement and plenty of hugs to go around. It is such an opportunity and privilege to see our name on the bracket!
So there you have it, we are set to play No. 2 seeded Kentucky in Queens, New York this Sunday. I know everyone is really excited to make the trip and experience the NCAA Tournament, whether it is for the first, second, or third time. I know we will be ready to go and give it everything we've got!
GO NAVY! BEAT KENTUCKY!