There’s no better feeling right now then being a Husky after our men won last Sunday and we won Monday. We’re both at the Final Four! I’ve been a part of this once before when Bria Hartley and I were freshmen, but this year being seniors and our men making such an incredible run brings it to a whole other level of excitement.
You should have seen how ecstatic we were when our men beat Michigan State. We were all in our hotel rooms, and as the time started to run out all you heard was us screaming and running out to the hallway jumping on each other. People looked at us like we were crazy, but we didn’t care at all.
When I was a freshman, it was a feeling of happiness, but this year after they won, I almost felt more like a proud mom. Don’t ask me why, but I was just so proud that I almost started crying … and, yes, I said crying.
Breanna Stewart started making fun of me, though, so I stopped and continued to scream. I think it’s because over the years, we’ve all grown closer together. When I first met Shabazz Napier, Tyler Olander and Niels Giffey, we were all freshmen, didn’t really know each other and didn’t talk to each other much -- a few casual “hi” and “byes” -- but now we see each other all the time and have so much fun when we do.
Bazz and I always joke with each other that we would probably be married in another life if he were taller or I were shorter. Niels is a riot to talk to because he’s from Germany, so I’m not going to lie, I can’t always tell what he’s saying! And Tyler and I are always talking about his family because his mom and I are like best friends, so I love catching up with him and I know Bria feels the same way about these guys, too.
Sometimes when we’re together we’ll even reminisce about freshman summer and how awkward it is, but now … look at us. We’ve led our teams to Final Fours and, hopefully, national championships!
So today it’s their game day and I wish them the best of luck. No matter what happens I know they’ll leave it all out on the court, but obviously we’re hoping they kick some Gator butt -- like they have before!