Excited for my senior season

Penn State Athletics

Maggie Lucas and her Penn State teammates kick off the season Friday against St. Francis (Pa.).

It’s about that time again! I’m back and beyond hyped for the start of a new Lady Lions basketball season.

The look of our team has changed a lot after graduating five seniors last year -- Alex Bentley, Nikki Greene, Gizelle Studevent, Mia Nickson and Marisa Wolfe. They will be greatly missed, but we are extremely excited about the boatload of new talent in our group of eight newcomers. What has impressed me most about our freshmen and our one transfer is the energy they bring every day, their commitment to getting better and adjusting to the speed and intensity of the college game.

Since the last time you heard from me, I have spent the majority of my time in the gym with my team preparing for what I believe is another promising year. After a long off-season, I know I can speak for my whole team, in that we are just itching to get back on the court and start playing some real games.

It’s my senior season and I plan on enjoying every moment of it -- the highs, the lows, the adversity and the success.

So far, I couldn’t have asked for a better college experience. Penn State has become my home and given so much to me, and I could honestly do about four more years at this place. But, since this is my last year, I might as well make the best of it. I look forward to what is to come, and I will keep you updated all season long.

Our first game is Friday night against Saint Francis (Pa.). We will put the cap on the 2013 season and raise our Big Ten championship banner. We are back in action Sunday afternoon vs. Fordham.

Until next week, you can follow me on Twitter @maggielucas33!