Tough test week includes UConn


Photo courtesy Cal Women's Basketball

Left to right, Cal players Afure Jemerigbe, Justine Hartman, Reshanda Gray, Kyra Dunn and Brittany Shine pose with their stuffed Bears at the San Francisco airport before departing for Newark, N.J.

It is that time of year again ... finals week. When water becomes coffee, sleep is a distant memory and the need for "TGIF" is stronger than ever.

For student-athletes, there is typically added stress because of the anticipation and preparation of the next game on the schedule. Our lives sometimes resemble the tale of David and Goliath, facing an insurmountable foe. Preparing for one test is hard, but multiple tests, even harder.

Preparing for a game is hard, but preparing for a game against the reigning national champs in one of the grandest arenas ... that is the essence of David and Goliath.

We are truly being tested this week, in more ways than one, but my team and I are in preparation mode. Playing the UConn Huskies, the No. 1 team in the country, clearly is not an easy task. However, we have been diligent by stepping up in practice and film, hoping to give ourselves the best chance to influence the outcome of this tale.

Coincidentally, Malcom Gladwell just wrote a book titled David and Goliath, and one of his most compelling messages is, “Believing the power within us is an important lesson for us to learn in our battles with opponents of all kinds.”

The point being, that in both situations, whether in the classroom or on the basketball court, it is a test of the intangibles that dictates the outcome. How much do you believe? How much will you compete? How hard are you going to study/play?

We are incredibly honored and humbled by the opportunity to play in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden on Sunday against the No. 1-ranked UConn Huskies. We recognize that we are co-authoring a tale. The ending just hasn't yet been written.