Nov. 29, 2011
After a long journey out west for the Seattle Thanksgiving Invitational, it feels great to be back in the Windy City. From early Thanksgiving morning until Sunday afternoon, our team stayed on the move. Our goal was to come back 5-1 but, as you already know, things do not always turn out the way you want them to. Our first game was on Friday night against Akron. This was a huge game for our program. We want to show that we can compete with our opponents in every game that we play. We got off to a great start, having a 12-point lead at one point. After halftime, there was not much room for error because Akron kept making us pay with made baskets. Everyone on the team played an important role in the game. Lisa Samplawski and Patrice King were terrific for us that night, on the offensive end especially. They really got things going. Although we did not get the win, we kept our heads up in preparation for our second game of the tournament.
We had a quick turn around after the game against Akron. On Saturday night, we played in the consolation game against San Francisco. Our team was really excited about this game because we wanted to end the trip on a good note. After a slow start, we were able to come back from a 15-point deficit and take the lead going into halftime. The second half was close all the way through, and it literally came down to the last second of the game. Troy Hambric was fouled with 0.5 seconds left and made two free throws. These are the pressure situations that make the game of basketball so exciting. Everyone on the bench linked up arms as Troy sank both free throws. It was awesome to get this win! I was proud of Troy for her concentration and focus at the end of the game. That's one thing that Coach Simpson always talks about when we practice our free throws so I'm glad that those aspects were carried over into the game.
Following the win, our team headed over to The Cheesecake Factory for a nice dinner. It was great to be with our teammates and families to enjoy the end of our trip. I think that it was important that so many families came out to support us for the tournament because Thanksgiving is definitely a time when you want to be surrounded by those people that mean the most to you. It was great to be able to build on our team chemistry through the course of this trip, as well as spend some time with my parents who traveled all the way from Michigan. For a handful of us, I guess you could say we had the best of both worlds.
We are now 4-2 for the month of November heading into December. This week, we are making the short trip over to DePaul on Saturday (Dec. 3) for a 7 p.m. game. It is always important to go out and compete with the city rivals. It should be a great test for us because they are one of the top 25 teams in the nation. It would be great to see the Rambler Nation over at DePaul to come support us. If you can't make it on Saturday, we hope to see you next Thursday (Dec. 8) for our first home game in the brand new Gentile Arena! I wish everyone a great week. Stay warm!!
Until next time, Lyndsey Booker #32