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 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 second blog entry for HurricaneSports.com.
The pain of defeat isn't as bad when you don't put forth the effort into it. The feeling of defeat after working hard and playing the most physical game of the year weighs a ton! The game Sunday against North Carolina was one of our most exciting games on the year, but we came up short after a buzzer beater shot for them to win the game. This feeling I have now is a feeling of disappointment and anger. I haven't had that feeling in a very long time, when you work so hard for something and it is just snatched away from you.
In the locker room after the game there was a lot of tough love speeches coming from seniors on the team and a lot of emotions flowing. Shanel Williams, who is one respected teammate, said a lot of things that were true and needed to be said, even though everyone was hurt. I backed her up 100 percent. As much as I wanted to cry and just be so upset about the game, I was thinking I had to be strong for my teammates, I didn't want them to see me crying and I wanted to make sure they were okay.
Monday is our off days but today, i think practice is going to be a response from our lessons from the game. I think Coach Meier will focus more on our late game situation and show us the things we could have done differently.
Coach will show us film and also let us know what we could have changed in that scenario, but in no way, shape or form will she back down from the challenge of playing against Duke. We will not back down in practice and have a weak practice because of this loss. This should make us stronger and put the feeling in our guts that we don't want to have ever again.