Maacachusetts

Hello everyone!

Our season unfortunately just ended with out loss to the Niagara Purple Eagles 77-63 in the quarterfinals of the MAAC tournament. We finished our season with a 13-17 record, which was of course not what we wanted to end out season with, but a better record and winning the MAAC championship is something we can strive towards for next year.

Our men’s team wound up winning the MAAC championship this year, which was so exciting!! They definitely deserved it this year, and I am so happy for them. This is the first time they are headed for the NCAA tournament since 1994, which is a huge accomplishment. This Sunday they will be finding out whom they will be playing in the first round of the tournament and where they will be playing. Hopefully they can keep winning and show the world what they are capable of doing.

This year seemed to fly by for me. I guess the saying “time flies when you’re having fun” really is true. Playing basketball and being with these girls is something I love doing. Many people do not realize how fortunate we are to be a part of a team, where we will always have people to turn to and count on.

Coach Logan gave us the rest of our spring break off, so I headed for home for the week. We will begin our post-season workouts on Monday. The off-season/post season is different in the sense that we will not be traveling anymore for away games, we won’t be practicing as a whole team with the coaches, and we won’t be spending nearly as much time together as we spent during the season. We still continue to work out, but these workouts will mainly be with our personal fitness trainer Brian.

The team went through its ups and downs this season, like all teams do, but in the end, we all seemed to click and become one. When you spend close to 4 hours a day with your teammates, your lifestyle changes. After a certain amount of time, these girls weren’t just my teammates, they were family. I consider my team and my coaches to be my family away from home. Everyone on the team understands what we go through as basketball players. We are all in the same boat when it comes to managing our time appropriately in order to do well in the classroom and do well on the court. Everyone experiences the stress of completing study hall hours, missing classes for games, and making up missed work. We are all able to relate to one another’s problems, which actually seem to bring us closer towards one another.

I am really looking forward to this summer and next year! Because I am a walk-on that is not on scholarship, I am unable to take summer courses like all of my other teammates, so I take a trip down to Baltimore during the summer and spend a couple weeks at school to workout with the team and play with them. The girls on my team are all required to attend one summer school session each summer. Some people choose to attend both summer school sessions in order to get some classes out of the way. The sessions are usually close to seven weeks long.

Being an upperclassman next year is definitely going to be weird to me because it still feels/looks like I am a small freshman. It’s definitely not going to be the same without our seniors from this year: Kat, Miriam, and Kiara. I don’t think anyone is going to take their place, but I am excited to see what our incoming freshman can do and what they can offer to the team.

Please support our men’s basketball team in the NCAA tournament this year, as well as our Men and Women’s lacrosse team, who seem to be doing extremely well so far! Also, thank you for supporting the Loyola Women’s basketball team this year and please continue to follow us in the future!

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