March 20, 2009
LOS ANGELES - It's good for us to play at the Galen Center because we were just here so we're very familiar with the court, the rims and the locker rooms. We lost last time we played here, so we're fired up and pumped up to be back out there and be able to play again.
Everyone's wearing our team shirts. We came up with the idea for the t-shirts at a team meeting a couple weeks ago. We thought we weren't playing as a unit as well as we could be so we came up with the phrase "The game is simple...with unity." We can do anything together.
It's nice to play someone like Fresno State, who is not a complete stranger. We played them last year, and it was a pretty close game. We're kind of familiar with their style of play, so we're ready to get out there and play.
We're anxious to get out there and play. It feels like the week has gone by so slowly! We're trying to get out there and play. We're happy the game is tomorrow so we get to play.
Practice this week has been pretty normal for us. We haven't been running as much to save our legs for the tournament. But other than that, practice has been pretty routine for us this past week.
My favorite part about the NCAA Tournament is playing! I love the atmosphere! It's so much fun to get out there and play. Everyone's bringing their "A" game to every single game. I'm excited to get out there and compete.
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