Jan. 24, 2013
CHICAGO - Every suicide, sweet 16, and 5-in-30 that we ran during post-season, summer, and fall workouts were all to prepare us for the 16 games that we play in the Horizon League. Although pre-season games are important they are predominantly to get us ready for the tough teams that we will play come January. Despite not doing as well as we would have liked in our non-conference games, they definitely provided us with a chance to determine our strengths and weaknesses, and to fix what needed to be fixed.
Once league play starts, we like to think of ourselves as being 0-0. No wins, no losses, but a chance to wipe our slate clean and show everyone just how far we have come. We started out conference play with a tough loss against UIC, but bounced back and won on the road at Valpo, something no Loyola women's basketball team before us had ever done. Our defense was what ultimately won the game for us - which is something that we had been struggling with. We knew that our defense was an aspect that we would have to improve for us to do well in league, and the win against Valpo further validated that point. Road games are never easy but we are prepared for what we will face on the court, however, sometimes it's the things that happen off the court that really test you.
After what should have been a 5-hour bus ride turned into 8 hours because of the snow we finally arrived in Detroit late last night. Sitting on the bus is quite draining, but we were able to come out this morning and have a great shoot-around, which should be an indication of how we will be come game time.
Tonight we are playing at Detroit in Troy Hambric and Lyndsey Booker's hometown, and our defense will need to be flawless. They have a couple great post players, and if we can stop them, we should come away with a win before we head down to play Youngstown State on Saturday.