|Emily Jaskowiak Player Diaries|
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· No. 2: 11/07/04
· No. 3: 11/16/04
· No. 4: 11/23/04
· No. 5: 11/29/04
· No. 6: 12/06/04
· No. 7: 12/14/04
· No. 8: 12/29/04
· No. 9: 1/09/05
· No. 10: 1/20/05
· No. 11: 1/27/05
· No. 12: 2/2/05
· No. 13: 2/9/05
· No. 14: 2/16/05
March 2, 2005
Hello, faithful Golden Hurricane fans. I know that this diary entry is a week late, but better late than never. With that said, I better get started because a lot has happened since our last visit. We have played four games and have come up with victories in three of those four games. Our games against Fresno State and Nevada were home games, and we went on the road to take on Hawaii and San Jose State.
To take you back, we played Fresno State on Thursday, February 17. We are always extremely pumped up to play Fresno State. We played well that night and won our 15th game of the season. For me, it was extra exciting because my Dad and one of his best friends from college, Phil, made the six-hour road trip from St. Louis to see the game. After the game the three of us, plus Kyle (my fiancé), ate breakfast-type food at Village Inn. I absolutely love this restaurant because I can order a waffle with strawberries and whip cream any time of the day. Usually Kyle never wants to eat there, but I conned him into it this time. Anyway, hanging out with my Dad and Phil was really entertaining because they are a funny duo. Anyway, I really enjoyed their company, and I hope they enjoyed their trip.
Moving on, we played Nevada on Saturday afternoon immediately after the boys' game. We were behind most of the game, but went on a run at the right time and ended up ahead when the final horn sounded. Our fans were incredible for this game. I cannot express how much the crowd influenced the momentum of the game. When we hit some key shots towards the end of the game, you would have thought the Reynolds Center was wall-to-wall with fans. It was so loud!! Also, Jillian Robbins broke the single game scoring record for the school with her 38 points. Amazing! Thanks to all of the fans who supported us! We really appreciate it!
This leads me to last week's games. Traveling to Hawaii is always great fun but pretty tiring because of the hours on the plane and the time changes. We left on Tuesday, February 22 around 6:45 a.m. and arrived in Honolulu around 6:30 p.m. (central time). Because we were now in Hawaii, we were four hours behind central time. It was only 2:30 p.m. Hawaii time. Our eight-hour flight was tedious and boring for those of us who stayed awake. Don't ask Tandem Mays about that flight, or any other flight for that matter. This girl can sleep through anything. It's incredible. Sometimes it is her goal to stay awake for the plane to take off, but she rarely reaches that goal.
Once in Hawaii, we had two practices, a shoot-around and the game. When we were not playing basketball, we got to walk around Waikiki Beach, shop in the area shops, hang out with each other and eat (one of our favorite past times). The pineapple in Hawaii is terrific; it is one of the highlights for me.
On Wednesday, February 23, we had about six-hours to choose our own activities. We had our bathing beauties- Sarah, Kara, Jen, RyAnne and Dana. Our Pearl Harbor adventurers- Megan, Becky and me, and our "shop `till you droppers" - Jillian, Jasmine, Tandem, Ashlee, and Chivis. We all met up later that night for dinner and all hung out around Waikiki. Also, we met the 15-year old soccer sensation Freddie Adu that night (his soccer team was staying at our hotel). Some of the coaches and support staff traveled to spend the day at North Shore. They tell us it was pretty cool. We played our game against Hawaii on Thursday, February 24 at 7:00 p.m. (Hawaii time). We played well, and pulled out our 17th win of the season. One of our managers, Kisha Hampton, lived and attended high school on the island of Oahu. Her delightful mother, who is an islander, gave the entire team shell and candy leis. That was so kind of her to think of the team while her daughter was in town for a short time. Thank you so much!
We departed Hawaii Friday afternoon for San Jose, California. When we got there, we all ate and went to sleep. Like I said, the traveling is relatively tiring, so we all went to sleep when we got to our rooms. The next day, we ate breakfast, went to shoot-around, and then had our pre- game meal at The Olive Garden. When we were finished, we went outside to find out that our bus was gone. I did think to myself... oh no... not again!?!?!? The bus, however, was on the way. To pass the time, we played handclap, "patty cake," games with each other. Once again, yes, we are all extremely mature young ladies. Game time rolled around and we were excited and ready to play. This game had a familiar ring to it. We were winning for most of the game, and lost the lead at the time you need it the most- at the end. Upset, we traveled to San Francisco and got on the red- eye to Tulsa. We arrived in Tulsa around 9:15 a.m. Sunday morning. It was quite an eventful two weeks for the ladies of TU.
We are currently preparing for our final two home games of the season. I hope to see you Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. for our game vs. SMU, and Saturday for our "Senior Day" ceremonies as we close out the regular season vs. Louisiana Tech.
See you there! Go TU!