March 23, 2013
The Navy women's basketball team will face Kentucky Sunday at 12:05 p.m. EDT in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game between the No. 15 Mids and the No. 2 Wildcats can be seen live on ESPNU.
Alix Membreno writes the latest NCAA Tournament Diary for Navy. She details Navy's trip to Queens, N.Y., and the last day before the game.
Friday is my favorite day of the week because I only have one class. This Friday was even more special because it is the day Navy Women's Basketball left for the BIG DANCE. I went to practice with the biggest smile on my face because I knew after practice we would be driving up to my birth city, Queens, N.Y. This time it would not be to see my family but to try and win a first round game in the NCAA tournament. The drive was so exciting. I usually sleep during bus trips, but this time I tried to enjoy the scenery. As we started getting closer to the city I could feel the excitement in my stomach. Something about the Big Apple just feels like home and knowing I get to play in front of my family means a lot. Our first stop was a Greek restaurant and food is my favorite part of the trip, I decided to try the lamb and rice which was delicious. After we eat we got to go to the UniverSoul circus...it was such an amazing show I loved all the acts. As the night started to wind down I reminded myself why we were in N.Y. and even though all these experiences were great there was only one goal in mind, to get a W. When I got back to my room I brushed my teeth, laid down, and fell asleep in a matter of minutes. All the excitement drained all my energy.
We got to sleep in this morning; breakfast was at nine. After breakfast we had two hours of study time but it is really hard to focus on electrical engineering when there in only one thing on my mind: BASKETBALL. I think I completed one problem in those two hours. After patiently waiting for two hours it was time for practice! Driving up to the St. John's gym brought back many memories since that was where some of my AAU practices were held during the summers. Practice was short but we got a lot of things in. The clock was running and knowing how much time you had left in practice was different. When the clocked expired I grabbed three bags of ice and took one last look at the court. I knew next time would be game time. We finished the day with some film and dinner at a very nice restaurant in Greenwich Village. Now that it is time to go to sleep, all I can do is reflect on how much I have been blessed the last three years. Going to the NCAA tournament once in my life would have accomplished my dreams. I have been lucky enough to make it here three times. No matter what happens tomorrow I know one thing, I LOVE THIS TEAM.
GO NAVY! BEAT KENTUCKY!