I have to admit, I’m a little lost for words this Tuesday morning, so bare with me through this entry…
I somehow made it through the entire NCAA women’s basketball selection show without feeling like total crap last night. I made a strong effort to clean house and fold clothes while it was going on, so I wasn’t totally stuck on the frustrating reality that our Bluejay logo would never pop up on my flat screen.
However, I was super excited to finally hear a couple hours later that our team would be a part of the next best thing – the post-season WNIT!
For those of you that have not heard, we play the Northwestern Wildcats (18-13, 6-10 Big Ten) Thursday night in Chicago.
I’m sure four years straight of playing in the WNIT is getting a bit old for some of you that have been following our team for awhile, but the great thing about this year’s bid is that we’ve got six freshmen on our roster that have never played in a post-season tournament before.
Our seniors get another chance at winning at least one more game in a Creighton uniform and we get to fly to a pretty cool destination to do so. I must admit, I’m excited – I just hope our players are as well.
Flan was quoted in the Omaha World-Herald this morning saying, “I don’t know much about Northwestern other than they have a really good post player. I’m just glad we’re getting to play someone other than Kansas.”
The Jayhawks have ended our season two years running in the second round of this tournament and I’m sure we are all thrilled that the only possible match-up with them this season is in the championship game if both teams are lucky enough to make it that far.
And finally, I’ll echo Flan’s comment of not knowing much about the Wildcats. They are a very well coached team and 6-5 center Amy Jaeschke has been the face of their program for the past four years and has made every possible effort to distinguish herself as one of the best senior post players in the country. She averages 21.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 3.2 blocks per game. Her career scoring and rebounding totals are second in school history
With that being said, forgive me for cutting this entry short, but I have a short stack of game film on my desk that I can’t wait to watch. I am so curious to see how Jaeschke does all her damage in the paint and what kind of supporting cast she has around her.
In closing, I’ll just say this:
“Concentrate on what you do have, not on what you don’t” – John Wooden
There are teams across the country that would love the opportunity to play in the WNIT— and we’ve been fortunate enough to get that chance four years straight.
Let’s make the most of this moment Bluejays!
Hope to see everyone in Chicago!