Opening the Season

Hello everyone!! Thank you for following my blog and the Loyola Women’s basketball team! My name is Julie Smith and I will be writing weekly blog entries to give you the inside scoop on what Loyola Women’s basketball is really about. Please bear with me, I am new with this but will try to give you as much information as possible.

Some quick information about me – I am a sophomore guard for the Greyhounds. I am a statistics major with a business minor. Last year I was lucky enough to walk-on and to be a part of such a spectacular team that made it to the second round of the WNIT.

This past Friday was our season opener against Maryland who is ranked 11th in the nation. It was finally our chance to prove what we have been working on for the past couple months and we felt as though we were prepared to take on the Terps. Unfortunately the final score was not what we had hoped for, but I think of it as a learning experience and the loss lets us know what we need to work on for games in the future. Everyone was pretty upset about the loss but it actually seemed to bring the team closer and make it made us want to win that much more against Navy.

On Saturday, our practice was held at The College of Notre Dame because there was an event going on in our gym (Reitz Arena) for the day. Everyone was focused on getting better and preparing for the Navy game. We had to forget about our loss at Maryland and focus on what we would see the next day. Coach Logan stressed to us the importance of valuing our dribble. We spent most of the practice running our plays without being allowed to dribble the ball (which is a lot harder than it sounds).

Sunday we obtained our first win of the season, 42-38, over Navy at home. Being our first home game, we started off the night by unveiling the 2011 WNIT banner. A few of our old teammates, Meredith Tolley and Erica DiClemente, made an appearance at the game and were the ones to reveal the banner. Seeing that banner brought back so many amazing memories and makes me realize how lucky I am to have been a part of the experience.

After the game, a nice reception party was thrown for the team and our families. It was great to see all of the familiar faces from last year and it was nice to meet all of new members of the Greyhound family.

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