A few times a week, Morgan Stroman, one of the senior captains on the women's basketball team will be writing a blog of the team's happenings. She has been an intragal part of the team's transformation into a ACC and nationally-recognized program.
Out of high school, Stroman was a three-time South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, won four consecutive state championships and was named a McDonald's All-American. After her sophomore season at Miami, Stroman was named third-team All-ACC and helped guide the Canes to their first ACC regular-season championship.
Midway through her junior season, Stroman tore her Achilles' tendon in a game at Virginia. She missed the rest of the season. However, after an intense rehab, she was ready for her senior season. She currently leads her team in rebounding, steals, blocks and double-doubles and is second on the squad in scoring.
Below is Morgan's first blog entry for HurricaneSports.com.
Even though we have had a bumpy start on the road this season, we pulled it out last night with the big win! Losses at Maryland, Florida State and Virginia are already on our résumé and have been tough on the team. They've also been tough on me as a captain and senior. With that devastating feeling, we had to think of something to change. Was it our energy? Was it us lacking the support of each other? Were we not playing hard? The answer to all of the questions was that we didn't do any of it. We didn't have energy, support each other and we weren't playing hard enough.
Something had to give with our attitudes versus our next opponent Wake Forest, the same opponents who knocked us out the ACC Tournament last year. In preparation for the game, Coach Meier didn't take any steps back. With the next practice being one of the toughest practices in a long time after the harsh loss to UVA, we soon bounced back.
We as captains, only wanted to make our team better. 'How do you do that?' is a question that I asked myself many times in the past. Stefanie (Yderstrom), Pepper (x) and I took a leap and decided to meet with each other on how were going to make each other better and pass it on to our fellow teammates. In my opinion, it isn't all about the X's and O's, it's the little things that you don't think matter.
With a lesson in our back pockets on our journey to Winston-Salem, we learned that you have two types of pain: the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. The pain of regret weighs so much more than the pain of discipline. Suiting up for the game we could only go out and do what we were told and that was to have each other's back and get excited for each other. That led to playing hard and in the end, a 79-78 win. There was never a moment of doubt and we had so much composure, even when the Demon Deacons were on top. That win just may have started something special for my Hurricanes.