Each and every week, the BasketBlog will be catching up with Oswego native and Wisconsin senior guard Teah Gant. Teah offers up her unique perspective on the Badgers' season and life off-the-court:
SLOWING DOWN SPARTY
What's up fans? I hope everyone is doing well. A lot of good things have happened since my last blog including two more big wins for us. Our first victim was Michigan State for the second time this year. If you read my previous blog or have been keeping up with the team, you would know that we already beat them on our home court. This game was on the road at Michigan State. It's always hard playing on an opponent's home court with all of their fans cheering for them, but playing and beating them once before added another challenge. The game itself was very exciting. At one point we were down by 14 points, but we were able to fight back and get the win. Our defense is what won us that game. We held them to only one field goal in the last twelve minutes of the game. Now that's impressive. So, for all those who only think only scoring is important, I hope our team can give you a lesson on the significance of defense as well.
FRUITS OF VICTORY
The atmosphere in the locker room after the game was full of excitement. Beating Michigan State is always a good feeling because they're a very physical and emotional team, and winning on their floor shows how well we work together as a team to surpass people's expectations of us. All the coaches were beyond excited about the win as well. Coach Stone even surprised us with a trip to Cold Stone Creamery after the game. I think that was the most excited I've ever seen some of my teammates! Although Cold Stone Creamery was closed by the time we left the gym, we still stopped at some other ice cream shop before getting on the plane to head back to Madison. We don't get that kind of surprise after every win, but it's nice to be rewarded after a great game. I guess hard work really does pay off. Our other win was against Illinois. They beat us earlier in the season by one point at the buzzer. This time, the game was at our place, and we were definitely looking to get some revenge. We didn't play as well against them the first game, but this time around we stuck to the game plan our coaches laid out for us. We won 63-51. Now we're 15-4 for the season and 5-3 in conference play. Our next game is against Penn State. With a win against them, we will be ranked 2nd in the conference. This would be a lot different than the preseason pick of 10th.
Now it's time for some insider information. As you know, we have several road games throughout the year. For these games, we either take a bus or take a charter flight to our destination. We usually leave the day before the game and stay the night in a hotel. After eating and going through the scouting report, we have some free time to just relax. Sometimes we all get together and watch movies or play card games. The most recent activity that some of my teammates started is making their own movies. Every year we get a gift for participating in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. This year we received the Flip video camera. Many people gave them to their family or friends as a Christmas gift, but there were a few who decided to keep them for themselves. I don't think any of us will be movie stars in the future, but the so called movies that have been made are hilarious. I hear more screaming and laughing rather than actual words, but everyone seems to have a lot of fun with it.
That's it for this time around. A shout out to my mom and brothers back at home. I love you and thanks for always supporting me!
-Oswego native and Wisconsin Badger guard Teah Gant #13