She found what she calls sisters for life.
Eighteen months is a long time to just be out there playing in an open gym and not being coached. Not being able to work on your conditioning, your strength, your game the way you would be in an organized and disciplined situation.
I'm very, very proud of the team and the program. It's great to be back in the big dance.
These three have been through incredible amounts of adversity, incredible amounts of joy, ups and downs. But they have been so mentally tough. They have grown up before our eyes. For them to have the opportunity to go back to the big dance, I'm just really happy for them.
We've talked to our team a little bit about it, not necessarily the size of it. They've played in big arenas, but because of the baseline aspect of the coaching box. I'll be honest. I think it is something until you get out there in practice and actually coach and play on that floor, I don't know how we're going to feel.
For three halves, we played some really good basketball. We had a really nice taste of the NCAA tournament, and now the key is: Do you want to come back and make some noise?
We fought hard in the second half. It's tough to see us fall short at the end. It was a classic USC battle.
Everybody that I've talked to has been nothing but positive. I think people know that if you're in a major conference like the Pac-10 and go 11-7 to end up fourth [like UW did] and challenge yourself with the schedule we had, there's no doubt that we're in. We've done what we needed to do.
We know they'll bring pressure defense, that's their bread-and-butter. It's important we take care of the basketball.
Her scoring has improved. She needs to continue working on it. When she gets those open looks it gives us more scoring opportunities.
She's fine, and we're anxious to get over and see her. She knows we won, and she's excited about that.