Tourney Time

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By: Christine Clancy
Head Women’s Basketball Coach

2013-02-02 17.23.01In my completely biased opinion, there is no event in sports that matches March Madness, except for, maybe, the Olympics! Post-season college basketball is a time when anything can happen and unlikely upsets become commonplace. Although it is not March yet, DIII post-season basketball is upon us!

Last night, we had the opportunity to host a first round ODAC tournament game against Emory & Henry. Going into the game, I was nervous, as I always am … What is the team going to look like tonight? How are we going to handle the pressure that comes with a win or go home tournament? How is E&H going to play? Are we going to hit shots?

Once our starting five stepped out onto the court, in front of the biggest and loudest home crowd that we have had all season, something special happened. The team was focused, determined, and my job was easy, just stay out of the way and let them play. As a coach it is so fun to see the moment when everything starts to click and in the first half last night, that’s exactly what happened. In those 20 minutes we went from five players on the floor to one team. We finished the game with a 21-point victory, shooting nearly 60% (75% in the first half) from the floor, four people scored in double figures, we had 21 assists on 25 buckets, and we held a team with very good offensive firepower to under 50 points. Did we make mistakes? Absolutely, but it didn’t matter, because we responded to those mistakes as a team, with a “next play” mentality. Sometimes post-season play brings a team to a higher level, and last night that happened for my team.

With the win, we have earned the right to play in the ODAC quarterfinals at the Salem Civic Center. We have a big challenge ahead of us with Eastern Mennonite the #1 seed in the tourney, but perhaps with a little more of that post-season magic we could pull off a big upset!

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