Monday, December 19, 2011

Rollin' On ..

Hey followers!
I do apologize for the long delay with the blog. Things can get pretty hectic here during the season as far as basketball, school, and work. Hopefully I can update all of you followers and get you up to speed about what's been happening here at PUC since Brooklyn and I have disappeared and wrote on here last. I blame her as well for the delay though! ;)
We are currently sitting at a 10-4 record along with being 2-0 in the CCAC. We have continued to work hard in the gym day in and day out. The great thing about this year is that we are getting a good work out in EVERY day and smiling while we're doing it. I would hate to jinx us, but I can't remember the last time we had a bad practice. We have a great squad this year and we constantly push each other every day. This year we have a team and a chance to do big things.
In the national rankings a few weeks ago, we were getting national recognition and votes to be in the top 25. This is the first time since I have been here that this has happened. It's nice to see the work we've put in get a little credit. The objective has been to play teams from different areas to get recognition in other places rather than just in Northwest Indiana. We have played SEVERAL teams this year that have had dominant basketball programs in past years. Those are the teams we need to be playing to make ourselves better.
This week we have two tough teams coming to Hammond to give us a run before a few days off for Christmas. We play two great teams who have received votes to be nationally recognized in the past two vote sessions. These two games will really prove where we are as a team. As good ball teams, we have to respect them, but at the same time play to higher heights and show them how great we want to be this season. You never know what you're capable of until you do it and prove to yourself that you CAN.
Here goes another week of great basketball. I am halfway thru my senior year of school and basketball. It's an emotional rollercoaster, knowing that this is it, but I wouldn't want to spend the past 3 1/2 years anywhere else. I'll always be a peregrine.
Until next time ..

Friday, October 21, 2011

Something New ..

Hey Followers!

Well, tomorrow begins something new for the team. We finally have an exhibition game versus Prairie State from Chicago. We have been going hard against eachother for over a month now and I believe we are ready for a change and challenge. Being at practice with the same girls every day, and playing against the same girls, can become difficult. You become robotic, knowing that the offense and defense they are running is the same one you use and is performed the same way. Granted, you do have to become more creative with things, playing against another team will be fun.

Tomorrow is just one step closer to my final season here at PUC. It hits home a little bit. I remember freshman year like it was yesterday. So many different events have occured since then, good and bad. All in all, I have learned a lot in my years here and I wouldn't trade anything for the world. Once tomorrow comes, everything will be a blur for the next 4 months. Time flies when you're having fun!

Above is a picture of most of the team from the pumpkin patch earlier this week. It was a great team bonding day. We picked out pumpkins, got some great food, rode on the tractor ride, and got to look at all the neat items they had for sale.

This year is something new, something different, and something I know I'll never forget. I am excited for what is to come with the squad we have this year. Stay tuned in as the season has now begun!

Upcoming Exhibitions/Games

Oct. 22 Exhibition vs. Prairie State

Oct 31 Exhibition @ St. Mary's

Nov. 4/5 Opening Host Tournament

Hope to see you all soon!!!


Friday, September 30, 2011

What We're Becoming ..

Hey Followers!

We're just about through with the first 2 weeks since practice started and boy, has it been rough! We have been working extremely hard, every day. There hasn't been a day where I haven't been sore. We have gone hard for 2 hours straight since day 1.

We are becoming a team. In high school, you have one main scorer or one person that goes hard day in and day out, but at Purdue Cal this year we have 14 girls who do that. It's amazing in 3 years, this being the 4th, how much this program has changed. It's nice.

What we're capable this year is incredible. With the improvements over the summer, we should be able to compete for a conference title. We've had our hearts broken in the tournament, hoping to get the title, but we know that feeling now. It isn't a feeling we want to have again. As long as we keep working hard and set our minds right, we'll be successful.

Let's set some goals for this season:

Respect everyone -coaches, teammates, opponents, etc.

TEAMWORK at all times

Positive attitudes, always

Work hard when you're on the court - in everything!

20+ win season

Conference title

Do something great at Nationals.

most importantly,


Monday, September 12, 2011

I'm a Survivor!

On Friday Sept. 9, the team took on the challenge of the dunes for our conditioning. We did a few warm-up running exercises in the sand, then made our way up the towering sand dunes. We made three different trips up and down the dunes, stopping for a moment each time to enjoy the scenery (and catch our breath) when we reached the top. On our final trip down, the team joined hands and finished the challenge all together, as a team. It was an extremely tough workout. I believe we got stronger not only physically, but also as a team. We survived the dunes challenge!
After the dunes, the team stopped at Redamaks for some pretty stellar food. During the meal, each player, and Medge too, shared their high and low point of the day. We took a few pictures together and just enjoyed each other's company! It was a great time and a great team bonding experience.

This past week, we finished up our last week of conditioning. Tomorrow, we have our first official practice of the season. I'm really excited to get this year started! Conditioning has been going great. We've had the opportunity to get up and down the court together, and we are already starting to mesh well as a team! We've got high expectations for this season, and tomorrow we begin to work towards achieving all our goals. Let the fun begin!

Brooklyn Short #4

Meet The Family ..

Hey Followers!
We've got a full team this season! We will begin the season with 13 girls on the team. Above is the 2011-12 Purdue University Calumet women's basketball team. We look pretty good, huh!? ;) We have 5 incoming freshmen and 8 returners from last season. We landed 4 guards and a post player this year, who will all enter their first year here at PUC.

I'm not so sure what each individual freshman did in high school, but it's a whole different world here playing college basketball. They are adjusting quite well and it looks as if they'll all be making immediate impact. They have shown great determination and look to be focused for the season, which is what we need.

For the returners, they look just as focused. We have 8 returners, but 7 until Savannah Hauter starts practicing with us due to being on the women's volleyball team. We return 2 All-CCAC picks being me and Tierra Turner, as well as Alex Starr and Brooklyn Short who both will be key players for us this year. Amanda Gaskin is showing leadership qualities during conditioning. She is always one to put everything into what she does on the court. Madi Gervais and Lindsey Whitcomb will be our posts this year, who look strong and have established a nice touch over the summer break.

That's the team in a nutshell! We hope to bring a 20 win season home this year. As we begin our journey, we would love the type of support we recieved last year, if not more. Talk is cheap. It's time to go out and do something this year. A conference championship would be a great start to prove to everyone how hard we really did work. But first, we have a month and a half full of hard and challenging practices to get us there. We're ready.

Until next time ..

Friday, August 26, 2011


Hey followers!

Well, yesterday was the first day of my last season here at PUC, and the last time I will EVER have to run a timed mile and do 50 pushups (minimum) for Coach Medge. Kind of sad, yet relieving that it is over with for the rest of the season. Granted we didn't even touch a ball yesterday, it was the first day of conditioning, which is vital as the season rolls around.

The first day was amazing. The team is so determined this year. The incoming freshman are not settling as just freshman. They want success just as bad as the returners. They pushed themselves to the max, which is what needs to happen for us to be successful, as a team. As for the older and experienced girls, they pushed just as much! I don't think coach could of been any more happy with Day 1 results. That says a lot about what everyone did in the offseason ....WORKED HARD.

Realizing I AM a student-athlete I suppose I could chat a little bit about the first week of classes ;) haha. This semester is going to be a challenge. I am taking a load of tough classes, but after I knock this semester out, it'll be smooth sailing in the Spring ..on my way out in May! I am taking a dinner class, where I'm at school for 9 hours and actually serve real guests. It's basically a restaurant ran out of the HTM center. It's pretty neat, but can definitely add a lot of stress. I am also taking Feasibilities, Purchasing, Law, and a leadership class. Not the easiest schedule I've ever had to deal with, but what's the fun if life isn't a challenge?

Next week I will have a lengthy blog telling you a little bit about our team, like last year. Not too much! I'm not sure if rival schools read this or not ;) Can't give away all our secret weapons! Stay tuned and follow us on our journey to success for the 2011-12 season!

Until next time ..


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Peaceful Settings ..

Hey followers!

So, as I recently moved back into student housing here at PUC and while working 8 hour shifts at the gym, I noticed the dead times and busy times here. For me, I like to workout when less people are around. Being on campus for the past 3 years, I have made many friendships and have met many friends who like to talk, a lot. haha I like to get in, do what I have to do, and at the pace I want to go at.

Last night I had the most peaceful workout I have ever had here at PUC. I am in my last week of training for my half marathon so my running mileage for the week is at its lowest. I had to run 3 miles last night so I did that on the upstairs track over the gym. After my run, I lifted in the gym while having my iPod headphones in the whole time. It was pretty late so there were not many people in there that could keep me from getting off track with my workout. I got a few pointers from one of the trainers I work with, but that is it.

After my workout, I went into the gym and made 250 shots. Due to having to make 15,000 shots, I have broken down the shots per day needed to make it there. I broke it down to 250 shots made at least 4 days a week. The days that I lift arms I have solely designated form shooting instead of shooting on "The Gun" or "iMake". When I lift arms during my workout, my form and shot always seem off afterwards. Form shooting gets me "back to the basics" and gets me feeling comfortable again with my shot. I have found it to work great for me.

The gym last night was so peaceful. Three-fourths of the lights were off in the gym, all of the bleachers were pushed back, and it was just me, my music, a ball, and a partly lit court. I did my form shooting routine, shot a few roll-out jumpers, and then called it a night -feeling GREAT, motivated, and most of all...focused.

Well followers, I thought I would share my great workout with you all. I can't wait to put this work into games as I approach my last season here. I have had nothing short of an amazing journey each summer I have stayed here. Sadly, this is my last summer at PUC. It was a great one, although I was home for half of it. I have no complaints and I wouldn't trade the opportunities I have been given each summer here for ANYTHING.

Stay tuned as we quickly approach our first day of conditioning!

Until next time ..


Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back to Business

Hey Followers!

August is moving right along, which means we will be back at it in no time! Although a couple of the girls are already moved in the dorms, official move-in day for the basketball players is on the 18th. The following day we get the opportunity to meet some of the other students and help them out with the moving process. Classes start up on the 22nd and conditioning starts soon after. It's hard to believe another year is already here, but I'm definitely looking forward to it!

Even though Coach gives us August "off" from open gyms, now is the time we all start to kick it into gear. We have to discipline and motivate ourselves so that when conditioning comes around, we don't have to get into shape, but stay in shape. Each player has to have made 15,000 shots this summer, and we are also going to be tested on our running and push-ups. This is a great way to keep us honest and make sure we have been working at it during the summer.

Although we will miss Jenny and MeMe, we have a great group of freshmen coming in. It's been a lot of fun to get to know the girls and play some basketball with them. We are looking to have a very solid team this year, and I'm very excited about the success that is soon to come our way. Stay tuned as we very shortly begin this journey. Go Peregrines!

Brooklyn Short #4

Monday, July 25, 2011

That's All Folks ..

Hey Followers,

Well, this week is the end of the official summer basketball workout time period. Coach gives us from the first of the month, until we arrive at school (August 22nd), off from summer workouts. We have had a great summer so far and are looking forward to many things to come from this summer.

If you go to our women's basketball website, you will find our 2011-2012 schedule and roster, if you have been anticipating for it to be on there. Looking at the schedule, we are going to have quite the challenge this year. Nothing we can't handle though! The new roster is up and running with our new recruits listed on there too. We are looking forward to the first day of conditioning as well as the first day of official practice! Hopefully you all check out the schedule and attend a few games this year. We are always looking for new faces in the crowd!

This is all I have for now, but I hope that you all continue to follow as the blogs will get better as we start to actually get into season and things are more fun around here! ;)

Until next time ..


Monday, July 18, 2011

Catching Up ..

Hey Followers,

Last week was the summer camp for elementary through high school kids that were interested in attending our skills camp to help develop their basketball skills. I had the opportunity to help out with the four day camp again this year. I saw familiar faces, but also new ones that I hope attend next years camp. What an experience!

Each day we worked on stretching and drills we do here on the women's basketball team to help warm up our legs before practice. We also worked on ballhandling, correct shooting technique, shooting (lay-ups & short jump shots), and drills implementing ballhandling while dribbling, such as races. Little kids always enjoy a little bit of competition.

Although the camp was only four days long, you could see steady improvement with each girl that attended the camp. Some mornings the girls would come up to me and tell me and the other camp instructors what they worked on when they went home after camp each day. You could see the difference between day one and day two.

Overall, it was a great experience and I am sad to know that it was my last one here at PUC because I will be wrapping up my four year experience being a student-athlete at the university as of May 2012. I had a great time each year with each and every one of the girls. I hope to hear about them as they grow older and hopefully go on to play basketball in high school and college.

Above is a picture of Ashley, Adrianna and myself holding a picture. Ashley and Adrianna were two sisters who attended the camp. They drew each camp instructor pictures to hang in their lockers during the season.

Until next time ..


Thursday, June 16, 2011

Here I Am!

Hey Followers!

Well here it goes, my first post! It's an honor to have the opportunity to share the experiences of the season with you all! My name is Brooklyn Short. I'm a sophomore and will be playing point guard for the Peregrines this season. I had a fun first year, and I feel that I learned quite a bit from the seniors and all the players last year! This summer I am working as a lifeguard at our city pool and helping out with my high school's basketball team. 5-0 as assistant coach! :)

I'm really looking forward to this upcoming season. Open gym went great yesterday. We had an awesome turnout. I loved seeing all the girls again! I've missed being away from everyone this summer. It was also nice to meet the new recruits! I think they will fit right in! It felt great to just go out there and just play. It was nice to get up and down the floor again. The new floor looked amazing! They sure do take care of us at PUC. I even got to pick up some Chipotle on the way back home! It was definitely a success!

It's getting a little late (I'm an hour later in Wabash), so I'm going to wrap this up. More posts will be coming soon! Thanks for reading!

Brooklyn Short #4

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A New Look ..

Hey Followers!

I'm getting good at catching up with this blogging stuff! haha Well, today was the first day back at PUC for everyone because of the remodeling of things. The floor is BEAUTIFUL.. as you can see above. Today we had 12 girls show up to open gym - including recruits who live 3 hours away! It was a nice turn out and I am extremely excited to get into full swing of things. Having recruits from so far away drive up for a 2 1/2 hour summer workout is great. It shows commitment and dedication. I am as excited and antsy and they are to get things rolling.

Above is a sneak peak of our new gym floor - to see more you all should come out and support us when games get started in November! Like mentioned before, Brooklyn will be blogging here soon so stay tuned in!

Until next time ...


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Sweet Summertime ..No days off.

Hey Followers!

Sorry it has taken me a great deal of time to blog on here. Although I decided to come home for the summer, life at home is just as busy here as it is at school during the year. There are no days off in the off-season. Whether it is job searching/interviews, playing basketball, doing summer class homework, working out, running, etc. I try to stay a busybody.

Since being home I have found it not as easy to go to the gym and workout/shoot. I have set high goals for myself and the team come season that I am determined to reach. At home, I have been shooting at different parks, drive-ways, and also my old high school to get my shots in. Not all hoops at every gym are the same anyways, right? 10 ft. high is all you need. As for lifting, I have been doing all free weight lifts at my house to keep my strength up, and for conditioning I have been running, biking, and rollerblading. Also, while keeping up with our summer objectives for Coach - I entered myself into a 1/2 marathon in August downtown Chicago. I was a runner in high school and being a spectator at one a month ago, I took interest to enter in one benefited by the American Cancer Society. I have recently paid my entry fee and started training as of this week. I have started a donation envelope at school and with friends/family where I have got over $250 in donations to donate to the cancer society. It's not only for me and my aspirations to finish a half, but for a cause too.

Our gym floor is being redone so summer workouts have been postponed a week or two. It is going to be the best looking floor in the conference - that's for sure! I am excited to get the opportunity to play on it for my last season. Athletics and the facilities around school are really becoming top-knotch. We're all excited to see the finish product once the other sports get rolling and construction is done for our future sports sites.

Soon, teammate Brooklyn Short will be helping me with the blogging for the 2011-12 season. I am excited to share our experiences of off/in-season with you all. Brooklyn will be a sophomore point guard for us this year. Be on the look out for our blogs!

Well, I am off for a workout. I hope you all are doing well and I can't wait for this upcoming season! Thank you for all of your support.

Until next time..


Monday, April 11, 2011

It's that time of the year ..

I apologize again for the delay of the blog- I know the anticipation has been killing all of you followers ;) haha We're into the last month of school so all of the procrastinated projects and end of the year finals are approaching very quickly. It's hard to think that exactly a year from now I will be on my way to walking as a 2012 Hopitality and Tourism Management GRADUATE. All the stress in homework, class, projects, etc will be all worth it in the end. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Not much has been going on at campus. My teammates and I have been overloaded with schoolwork. We get together on Tuesdays and Fridays for 2 hour open gyms. It's nice to get a few hours of a competitive workout in and see my teammates since I don't get to see them too often as I did during season. Everyone is willing to work hard this off-season and do what coach has asked us to do to be a successful team. Our goal is to have a 20-win season, which is possible. It all starts now.

As coach pointed out, players get better in the off-season. It's proven. If you are willing to put in the time and dedication the rest comes easy- or easier I should say. There are numerous players this year in the NCAA that had a tough off-season to better themselves and their statistics showed just that.

Sorry this is just a "catching up" blog. I promise to be a better blogger when school comes to a close for this year! Hope all is well!

Until next time..


Friday, March 11, 2011


It's spring break-finally, a week off from school! I feel like I have been waiting for spring break to come ever since we had Christmas break. haha After spring break we will begin our off-season workouts. So far, a lot of the girls have been shooting and lifting but as of the first week back after break we have to start recording everything we do. Made shots, cardio, ladders, etc.

Our off-season goals are to make 15,000 shots up until September 13th- the first week of the 2011-2012 basketball season. Also, we have to set ourselves up to run a 6:15 miles and 50 consecutive push ups. There are a few other goals, but the main goal is TO GET BETTER. At this time next year- we want to be at the NAIA National Tournament. It is possible.

Hope everyone enjoys their break!

Until next time..


Friday, March 4, 2011

The Bigger Picture..

Take a look at the bigger picture and don't take things for granted. Above is a picture of a senior basketball player on scholarship, but has a heart condition which has inabled her to play her 4 years at Dayton University. She was given the opportunity of her life when Coach Jabir asked her to start on her senior night as he drew up a special play for her to score her first and only basket as a Flyer. She missed the first lay-up but with just over 18 minutes left in the first half she hit a layup and her defining moment was cherished with tears and smiles.

On another note, a high school basketball player in Michigan hit the game winning shot for his team to remain undefeated in the regular season. He was just 16 and one of the most pretigeous athletes to ever come through his high school-also being the football quarterback. Wes Leonard later collapsed after the celebration of the victory where he later died. An autoposy is being performed.

In Tennesee, at Middle Tennessee State a star point guard on the women's basketball team got in a fight with her roommate-whom later stabbed Tina Stewart to death right before the conference tourny that is scheduled for Sunday-where her teammates will still play and wear a "20gether" patch in her memory. Middle Tennessee State is the number one seed going into the tournament.

At BYU the star post player has been suspended from the team as he acted against school policy. BYU is ranked 3rd in the nation with hopes of a number one seed in the national tournament. There is a strict honor code at BYU-which the player agreed upon coming to BYU. He went against his word and broke that code letting down his peers, coach, and teammates.

Why am I blogging this? Why does it matter? It's taking opportunities and life for granted. You never know what is going to happen to you or when. It could be as small as getting into an accident and surviving or it could be the passing of the rest of your life. It's small things like this that motivate people to be better-to better themselves. Maybe there is more to these stories that we don't know, but given the opportunity to play a college sport on scholarship is one of the most honored oportunities a student athlete should respect. To learn at the highest level and excel in a sport is a gift. Some of these stories couldn't stop the outcome-which is sad, but it's a knock on the head saying: Don't take things for granted.

Coach always mentions this every year. From the smallest example to not hustling in a drill-at some point we all take life for granted. We have been given the opportunity of a lifetime and we still at one point take it casually. ALL of us. We're all guilty-speaking for myself too. Life is full of unexpected surprises...good and bad. Abide the rules, stay healthy, respect your surroundings, and stay away from negative influences in life. You control your own mindset and your own destiny. Take it to heights that you only dream of. Anything is possible.

Until next time..


Monday, February 28, 2011

The off-season begins..

Once you lose that last game of the season-regardless of how many months you spent every day in the gym with the same team and the same really do miss it. Whether it's right away, a week later, or even a month-you can't wait for next seasons games to begin.

Today, I began my first off-season training. I only lifted today, but it was nice to get back into the routine knowing that it will benefit me and my team for my senior season of basketball in college. I am no Michael Jordan and no professional athlete, but I will say that off-season training does pay off. Last summer I emphasized shooting more 3 pointers than usual and doing different drills for my 3 point shot. My percentage improved almost 15% this season. The hard work DOES pay off. No, I wasn't the best shooter in the nation, but it benefited my team and my confidence from the arc knowing how much time I put in this summer.

At one of the last season games I was asked what it takes to be good-the only answer I had to that question for a little girl in middle school was to be in the gym when others are not. There are no days off and if you are in the gym at the same time as your opponent-WORK HARDER THAN THEM. You could have the most talent in the world, but if you don't work at that talent your talents will just stay stagnant. There is always room for improvement-in every aspect of life. There is a difference between good and great..

This is just a few basic thoughts about off-season training. You can be good, but it takes hard work to be great. Not every teenager and young adult want to put in that effort to get where they want to be. Nothing just comes to you-you have to go out and get it. My team and myself-we want to be great. I believe next seasons team is ready to take the time and effort to be that great team for the 2011-2012 season.

Until next time..


Friday, February 25, 2011

Not the end, but a new beginning..

It was an emotional year and an emotional last game for the team last night as we took a heartbreaking loss in the semi-final game versus Cardinal Stritch. It is always a hard time taking a loss versus a team like them, but you have to give them credit for being a great team that they are. They have won conference numerous years in a row under one of the best coaches in NAIA women's basketball. The good thing is-time moves on and there's always another chance. Maybe not for my fellow teammates and graduating seniors- Meme Harris and Jennifer Britton, but PUC women's basketball will always have a next time with them.

Playing in my last game with those two graduating seniors was one of the hardest tasks I've been through in my basketball career. You could see the passion and heart in each of their steps. They didn't want it to be their last and it's so unfortunate to lose such great all around women as them. In my 3 years playing with these two- I have developed MANY memories with each and hopefully everlasting friendships. I adore each girl and they will forever be my teammates. They have helped me learn and grow as a person and a player. I couldn't ask for anything more. This isn't the end, but a new beginning for you and your careers. Which I know you'll succeed in.

On the statistic note, we ended our season 17-13. The best record we have posted here at PUC since Coach Medge has came here. I believe this is all due to the fact of simply recruiting great talent and great people. There is not another girl I would want to share that record with. This is my second family and I am sad that the same group of girls will not be returning. Yes, we only lose two players-but those two players have made such a dramatic impact for the team since they have been here.

The time is finally here where I am a senior and after last nights game I know that it will be quite an emotional year. I am ready for next season already and I can't wait to bring in our new recruits to get going on my final season of basketball, ever. It is a scary thought, but I couldn't be happier being at the university I am with the people that are here.

Overall, I am pleased with this season. Yes, you can always do better but we are going in the right direction. I cannot thank the support enough. From the coaches, players, fans, score table workers, administrators, and staff-there are no words to express how much you have influenced our team. I hope to see you all again next year.

Until next time..


Monday, February 21, 2011

What It All Comes Down To..

The time is finally here..

Every sprint, every sand dune, every lift in the weight room, every offseason shot..

It all matters now. 40 minutes of solid basketball. All you've got-just to get to the next game. This is it. You get 40 minutes at a time and if you don't pull it all together-that loss means the most. The end of the season..

We've come a long way. So far, since I have been here we posted the best regular season record at 16-12 with some wins that we could of won-we just didn't put it together for the total 40 minutes. Maybe it was for 39 minutes, or 38. It doesn't count. It has to be 40.

This is the CCAC tournament. A title of CCAC Tournament Champions gives us a free birth to the National Tournament in Iowa-what we have been preparing for the last 6 months.

I hope to see EVERYONE at our conference opener versus Judson at 7 pm on Tuesday Feb. 22nd! We need YOUR support. You fans are the ones who make the atmosphere the way it is.

Until next time..


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Where Are We Now?

HEY EVERYONE! Sorry it has taken quite a long time for me to blog for the women's basketball team. This semester has already been a crazy one so time management takes a bit to get used to. Classes are pretty challenging and definitely time consuming to say the least. Hope everyone is doing well!

As of right now, we stand at 15-12 and 6-5 in the conference. Come Saturday, we are going into our last regular season game at Calumet College. The last match-up was sent into overtime-where unfortunately Cal College took over and beat us on our home floor. It was a hard fought game and that is a time where you are happy to have a second round in CCAC conference play.

Next week is a huge week for all NAIA basketball. The conference tournament is where you put the whole season together for 40 minutes with no regrets. Everything you have worked on for 6 months comes down to this last week. If we were to sweep the conference tournament it'll put us right where we have been working towards this whole season-at the NAIA National Tournament.

I'll be sure to keep everyone posted! Hope you have all been following our games via internet with the game articles provided after each game-if not, here at PUC live watching us. It is always a great atmosphere. Thanks for following and once again, sorry for the long delay on the blog!

Until next time...


Monday, January 24, 2011

What It Takes To Be Great

After reading an article I took interest in what it takes to be great. So here is what type of insight I gained from reading: It's always been said that there is no substitution for hard work. If you look at the greatest players in the world-yes, they have talent but to keep that talent from folding into a normal athlete they practice what they are good at repetitively.

All humans were born with a natural talent that they are able to do better than anyone. For some it is in athletics, but it could also be at work, in school, hobbby-related, etc. It is just a natural talent, but to be the best at it you have to practice until you're great.

Consistency is crucial. It isn't practicing and shooting different each shot, but making the shot and using the same fundamentals each time are extremely crucial. You can practice the same shot over and over again, but if you miss every time and don't practice it the right way it is useless. It is said that the people who excel best at what they do, spend 10,000 of deliberate practice in their life.

The mindset of someone trying to excel in a certain activity has to be nothing but positive and focused. If something doesn't go your way you cannot pout and get a negative attitude. It is just something that should motivate you to practice harder on that aspect. It's your weak point and in order to make yourself the best you have to be great in EVERY aspect.

A perfect example of a determined player is Michael Jordan. Most people have heard the story about him getting cut from his high school team. MJ then went on to be one of the greatest players of all times in the game of basketball. With his positive mind frame and hard work-anything was possible. The only person that stopped MJ from being great was himself.

This isn't everything it takes to be great, but overall what I've learned from life is that attitude is everything. If you think you can do something you're probably right, if you think you can't you're probably right also. If you want to be the best and if you invest all your time in trying to be the best-most likely you'll become the best.

Until next time..


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Oh, the peaks and valleys..

Wow! I can't believe it is already the start of a new year. Already so far, we have had an up and down year. I hope everyone is having a great start to another year we are given. Hope you are keeping up with your resolutions too! ;)

Well, since I haven't posted recently let me update you on the happenings around campus. First and foremost, school has started back up so things have been more busy than ever. The first week is always so tough getting back into the swing of things. As an HTM major I can gladly say SO FAR I love all of my classes and professors. Honestly, there hasn't been a class in the HTM program that has disappointed me. It's a great major, but most importantly it is FUN and you learn a lot.

On the basketball side of things, we are currently 10-8. This isn't necessarily where we want to be as of now, but every team has their peaks and valleys. For awhile we were in the valley, but a great team like us can get back up to the peak and do big things. We have only 10 more regular season games left! It is crazy how fast my junior year has flown by. It is kind of depressing! There is nothing more that I look forward to most than tying up my shoes and going to practice or games. The excitement and adrenaline is just a great feeling. And to support the university I will be representing after college and out in the real world with my BIG girl job-it's all great.

Well, I know it has been a long time since I have blogged but I'm off to lunch and then practice. I hope my followers are still following even after I have slacked :) You guys are the heart of our fans and I hope the blog helps you understand more of the student-athlete spectrum. Our next game is Thursday @ Robert Morris at 5 pm and then the next home game is Saturday January 22 @ 1 pm. Hope to see you there! Stay warm and safe with these crazy weather conditions we've had. Be blessed!

Until next time..


Wednesday, January 5, 2011