March 22, 2013
It seems like everyone at the Academy has jumped on the Navy women's basketball championship train. Midshipmen that I have never talked to before give their congratulations to the team as we walk thru the halls of the Naval Academy. The pride in their faces proves to me that we do not just play for each other on that hardwood floor, but for every midshipman, alumni, sailor and marine. I found myself wishing the day away on Monday because that night we would find out who our opponent would be. When it finally became that time, the team and I put on our fresh blue track suits and headed over to the Federal House. We are normally a talkative team, but the walk over seemed to have an energy in the air as we thought of our name, NAVY, flashing across ESPN. After a slight sigh of relief when we found out we were not up against a number 1 seed, the team and I celebrated our 15th seed against Kentucky. Clips began to roll on their 6 foot 3 post that has made her presence known as great player, things became more real. I could not hear anything but the announcer talking about her. The realization was that we were matched up against a terrific team and I was prepared to guard this dominant force in the paint. After thanking all the fans that attended that night I went directly to my room to check out Kentucky's stats online. The stat lines did not lie, they were good, but that was no surprise, but it didn't matter because I know we are a capable team, and when we're on ... We're On! I was ready to start preparing and practicing right then and there, unfortunately we didn't have practice until the next day.
The second practice after finding out that we were matching up against Kentucky was FIERCE! The competitiveness of the team was incredible. Diving for every loose ball, ripping rebounds, and the physicality proved we were preparing for a huge game. Every drill went down to the wire. At the end of practice we played two games of 5 on 5 full-court. One game Chloe hit a fade away three to tie the game with seconds left. The will to win was game like, and we were all backing it up with incredible game play. After the hard competitive practice, the team went up to the weight room and completed a tough lift. There were shouts during the lift like, "BEAT KENTUCKY!" which motivated all of us to lift more. Worn out and sore, we were happy to say we had a successful practice, and knew we were one step closer to playing and BEATING Kentucky. Getting ready every day!
After tomorrows practice the team heads to Queens NY. I can't wait to step on the bus because I know it will be one day closer to the team stepping on the court at St. Johns. I love this team and this program and cannot wait to give it my all on that court on Sunday! March Madness baby!
GO NAVY! BEAT KENTUCKY!
Jade Geif #21