Our team bonded in Puerto Rico

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Maryland experienced a bit of paradise during Thanksgiving, playing in a tournament in Puerto Rico.


We went to Puerto Rico for Thanksgiving break, and it was the definition of paradise. The weather was beautiful, and we were absolutely spoiled because when we got back to Maryland it felt like it was freezing.

Our team went jet skiing on Thanksgiving Day. Now that’s how everyone should spend Thanksgiving! Alyssa Thomas was my riding partner and I decided to let her drive, which was pretty scary, I think, but I am not completely sure because I kept my eyes closed the entire time. Kudos to her for getting us back to land safely. We all got tossed off more than a few times.

Playing in a tournament in another country was really cool. Even though I could not play, it was so cool to see the gym, which was way different from what we’re used to. It was so basic, as opposed to the huge, elaborate arenas we see all the time. The PA announcer said the starters’ names with a Spanish twist, and they were playing salsa music during warm-ups. It was definitely fun to change it up a bit.

I don't know how many people can say they took a trip to Puerto Rico for their 20th birthday, but I can! It was one I'll never forget. This team is really awesome, and our chemistry got even better while we were in Puerto Rico.

I am so lucky to be a part of this Maryland family. Since we've returned to the States, our bond has strengthened. We spend a lot of time together off the court, with coaches and staff and without, to really trust each other and become a true family. It’s important to us that our relationships with each other are strong, and I think that translates on the court.

Now we have one more game before we get to go home and spend time with our families for the holidays. Then we'll be right back at it for our holiday tournament. Then, it’s ACC play.