Women's Basketball Blog Entry #1: Lyndsey Booker

Lyndsey Booker and a couple of her teammates will be blogging throughout the 2011-12 season as the Ramblers attempt to move up the Horizon League standings

Lyndsey Booker and a couple of her teammates will be blogging throughout the 2011-12 season as the Ramblers attempt to move up the Horizon League standings

Oct. 25, 2011

As the third week of October comes to an end, we have completed our 15th full team practice of the season. We have been working hard each day to bring the energy and toughness that we will need to be successful this season. Everyone wants to make a competitive jump this season. I know our girls are all on board because we want to be the first team to make it to the NCAA Tournament. It will take a lot of hard work and sacrifice to achieve our goals.

One of the events that our team always looks forward to start off our season with is the Midnight Madness celebration. This year the event was held in Halas Sports Center due to the construction in Gentile Arena. Some of us got together with the dance team to kick off the event with a dance to Beyonce's "Run the World". The group included myself, Molly Crosby, Monica Albano, Troy Hambric and Lauren Hibbard. Other sports teams including the men's soccer, men's volleyball, and men's track and field also participated in another dance and finally, the men's basketball team performed a cheer stunt, which really got the crowd going. We had a great time dancing with them and showing the crowd a few of our moves. You could really feel the energy and enthusiasm in the gym. The fans were able to interact with both teams, and check out a few of the drills that we run in practice. Also, the speeches from Coach Simpson and Coach Moser got the fans engaged and excited about the new season. I can't wait to see more Rambler Rowdies at the games this year!

As we head into our fourth week of practice, we are also preparing for our exhibition game this Friday night against UW-Parkside and I couldn't be any more excited to finish the week off with an actual game. This will be a good test for us to see how far we've come along with our first month of practice and will also help prepare us for our first regular season game at Chicago State on Friday, November 11. Well, I look forward to keeping the Rambler Nation up to date with how our team is doing this year!

Until next time, Lyndsey Booker