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 integral 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 All-ACC Third Team 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 third blog entry for HurricaneSports.com.
Hey, I'm back, guys!
Last Thursday was our game against Clemson and it was one special game to me. It was back in my home state and I was playing there for the last time in my collegiate career. The emotions running through me were all positive because I wanted to have a good game. Normally, I don't think that way because I feel like I psych myself out when I say that. So I decided to just go with the flow and let the game come to me.
It seemed to have worked, because I had one of my greatest games of the season! Stats across the boards were all in my favor and for team. I just wanted to take responsibility and get every rebound that came off of the basket and to get my team involved. Sixteen boards isn't too shabby if you ask me.
Being able to see all my family and friends was so beautiful. A lot of people know my mom was my high school coach and she was able to bring her team along with her on the trip. I just loved every moment of it, because I know those girls look up to me in so many ways. Being a role model is very important to me, because I feel like I can affect somebody's life in a positive way, especially younger girls. Having them be there was a great moment. It was also a couple of days after my birthday so I got a great song and card from the team and my family.
Games don't always work out the way it did against Clemson, though. Against certain teams, you have to have stops. You can't just try to outscore them. That didn't work out so well for us against Florida State.
We lost to a very good team, but had them on the ropes at one point in the game. Against good teams, you have to play well, very well. It's really tough for me to handle these losses because it is my senior year and I just want to go out with a bang.
Our next game is going to be against Boston College and I know they aren't going to back down from us, so we have to bring what we have and come together as a team to win.
This is a bye week for us so we have to get in the gym and get up shots, stay productive and get our study on. This is going to be fun week.