Sweet win prompts big dance

Courtesy of Maryland Athletics

Maryland beat Texas 69-64 Tuesday night; next up is Tennessee on Sunday at Louisville.

I’ve never had so much fun in a locker room after a win like we had Tuesday night. We were dancing and singing at the tops of our lungs. The next day felt awesome. I can’t even remember how many people stopped me on campus to say, “Great win and good luck in Louisville.’’ I think the fact that we knew we had beaten a really good opponent in Texas, we had to dig deep and so many people came through for us made it so sweet.

It’s hard to believe there are only 16 teams left in the tournament -- and after Sunday there will only be eight. I can still remember how awful I felt after losing to UConn in the Sweet 16 last year. I know I don’t want to feel that way again, and I know the team we have now isn’t satisfied yet.

For tournaments, Alyssa Thomas and I always room together. She wakes me up, makes sure I’m on time and, most important, makes sure we have the best snacks. She is literally my big sister, and I know we all just want to send her out the way she deserves to go out. She’s had an amazing career and is an amazing person. She deserves something special.

Sunday is going to be a lot of fun. I can’t even remember the last time Maryland played Tennessee. I can’t wait to see orange surrounded by a sea of red. It was really great to have our home crowd for the first two games, and I know they will make the trip to Louisville!