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Behind the Scenes: NCAA Tournament weekend with the Pioneers


Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 13:03

    Upon arriving on the campus, ESPN cameras were outside the bus to record the team walking into the arena.

    The Pioneers remained focused, but yet relaxed as game time was closing in.

    Once the Georgetown-Fresno State game wrapped up, it was time for the Pioneers to take to the historic Carmichael Arena floor, for the program’s third-ever NCAA Tournament game.

    After jumping out to a 9-7 lead, the rest of the game did not go as planned and the Pioneers fell to the Yellow Jackets 76-50.

    Obviously, it was an emotional locker room following the game, with the careers ending for seniors Taylor, Campbell and Kris Iovino, and the end of what was a terrific season.

    After gathering themselves, the team was allowed to enjoy a night out with their families on Franklin Street (a popular street on the University of North Carolina’s campus), while the members of the team whose families couldn’t make it also enjoyed dinner on Franklin Street.

    Later at night everyone gathered back at the hotel and watched more of the NCAA Tournament together.

    Although their season had just ended hours before, disappointed, the team still was able to make each other laugh and have fun together since the team is not only close on the court, but off the court as well.

Monday, March 19, 2012

    The team, administrations, dance team, cheerleaders and pep band all departed the hotel around 8:30 a.m., for their 10:00 a.m. chartered flight from Raleigh back to White Plains.

    After waiting for a few minutes in the lobby, everyone walked out onto the runway and onto the waiting plane, while the luggage was already loaded from the busses.

    It was a short, hour and a half flight, and once landing in White Plains, there were two busses waiting to drive everyone back to campus.

    After arriving on campus around 1:00 p.m., the weekend had come to an end, and with that the 2011-12 women’s basketball season ended as well.

    It will be a season that will not only be remembered by the team for all that they accomplished on the court, but the relationships they made with their teammates. They truly bonded and became a family.

    Although the season may be over, the memories and friendships they made will last a lifetime.

    I would like to thank the entire Sacred Heart women’s basketball team, coaches and administrators for giving me the opportunity to go on the trip with them. Everyone made me feel welcomed, and it was an experience that I will never forget.


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