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Jeff Walz Blog #5

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It's been a crazy week so let's get right into it...

 

We signed on five amazingly talented recruits last Wednesday:  Sydney Brackemyre, Arica Carter, Ariana Freeman, Myisha Hines-Allen and Mariya Moore.  The skill set and individual qualities that they'll bring to our team is exciting.  I take each season practice by practice, one game at a time.  But I'd be lying if I said I'm not already hopeful about next season.  We'll have a very young team with a lot of heart and passion, but also a lot of work to get them college-caliber ready. 

 

The same day I made the announcement about our recruiting class, we took on No. 14 LSU at home to continue the WNIT tournament.  It was a close game until the final minutes of the second half.  My girls took advantage of a solid lead and were able to go on a 21-0 run that contributed to the win.  I think our home crowd enjoyed the FREE DRINKS on me just as much as the game.  ESPN and USA Today got a good story out of it, but it was really just a way for me to thank our supporters and to encourage more locals to come out and enjoy the game.  Everyone had a great time.

 

Two days later, we traveled to Norman, Oklahoma to play against the No. 11 Oklahoma Sooners in the WNIT Championship Game.  Talk about duking it out!  That game was truly a battle on the court.  We struggled throughout the first half.  At one point, we were down by 15 but then Tia caught fire and began taking the lead in scoring.  The girls continued to fight and Jude made two crucial layups that took us into overtime.  We eventually brought home the win with Tia scoring her career high 23 points, as well as Sara and Asia being named to the all-tournament team.  The most amazing part of this trip was that thousands of Native Americans waited after the game to get autographs from Shoni and Jude- and they spent almost three hours signing every last one of them! 

 

Our schedule continues with two upcoming games at the KFC Yum! Center...Ohio tomorrow and Florida State on Sunday.  Be sure to come out with your friends and family, and tag me in a few photos!

 

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