Jan. 5, 2013
After a short but sweet few days at home for Christmas it was back to the grind once again as we prepared to head to Big East powerhouse Marquette. Despite a great effort in the first half, we simply couldn't put two halves together and ended up losing.
We headed back home knowing that Eastern Illinois was coming in to our house in two days. On January 2nd we played our first home game of the New Year and hoped that we could get the ball rolling and string together a few wins to try and forget the disappointing December that we had.
An issue for us so far this season has been putting two halves together. We either start games strong but lose it in the second half, or we seem to need a half to get our act together and end up playing a much better second half. If we want to win games this just isn't something that we can afford to do.
The game against Eastern Illinois was just another example of us not being able to put two halves together. When the game started we seemed timid and confused on both offense and defense- throwing the ball away unnecessarily and not defending their plays as we had so well the day before in practice.
After digging ourselves into a hole in the first half, we knew that we would need to execute flawlessly in the second half if we were going to have a shot to win. Simone Law was the spark that we needed, dominating in the paint on both sides of the floor, and making shots that MJ would be jealous of.
With everyone picking up the intensity of play around her, we made a valiant effort and came back from a 14-point, second-half deficit to tie with a chance to win but just couldn't pull it off.
It sounds cliché and I know I've said it before, but I really do believe that there is always something that can be learned from a loss-especially the close ones. I'm sure that because we haven't won as many games as we would have liked so far this season there are people who are writing us off. But what we hold on to is the knowledge that our coaches, parents, and fans believe in us and would never give up on us, knowing that we can turn things around.