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Kristen Veseleny Women's Basketball Player Blog -- Entry #4

Posted on Feb. 6, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

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So we meet again Pioneer fans!

I have some news to share with you all --- your Lady Pioneers are nationally ranked for the first time in team history.  In my previous post, I was a little bitter about not getting the recognition we deserve and we FINALLY got it (took long enough!).  We are finally turning heads.

This week we had to prepare for two tough teams -- Wilberforce and Houghton.  We had played both teams before so we knew they were out to get us.  Coach once again had us practicing hard and preaching defense.

During shootaround before practice, we all like to joke around and have a good time.  We recently started shooting half court shots.  As if in games, we shoot them.  Anyway, Maeve thought she would try something different with her shot.  Instead of shooting the ball, she kicked it.  All of us thought there’s no way that it was going to work or even come close to going in.  Well what do you know, SWOOSH.  Only Maeve.

On Tuesday, we traveled to Wilberforce along with the men’s team.  It was a long bus ride, a four-hour ride.  No matter what you do on those buses, you can never get comfortable.  Needless to say, we pulled out the W.  Not a pretty win, but a win is a win.  Winning this game increased our streak to 12.  Keep it up ladies! 

On Saturday, February 4, we traveled to Houghton bright and early -- 8:30 am to be exact.  This was another long bus trip.  Thankfully, someone brought movies.  We watched Accepted and Strangers.  This made the time go by faster. 

Instead of our game being first, the men’s team played first.  During the men’s game, our team went to Subway.  This Subway is the infamous one.  I have never seen a nicer Subway.  Spiral staircase and all!

Our defense, once again, carried us to a victory.  We held Houghton to only 49 points.  And we kept our winning streak going. 

Before every practice coach always reminds us how many games we have left.  We are down to only five more games. I find myself taking a step back and taking all of this in.  Being a senior, this is my last time for everything.  Waking up early for practice, running until you can’t run anymore, the butterflies before every game, goofing around with my teammates. 

Before I know it, I will be done playing basketball, the sport I’ve been playing since I was a little girl.  Nothing is more bittersweet than that.  I am very thankful to have such amazing teammates to go along this journey with me.  It doesn’t matter the record or the success of my team, it is the friendships I gain.  I said it once and I’ll say it again, I couldn’t be more proud of my team.

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