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:
Hey fans! I'm writing you on the bus home from Purdue. I would have been nice to report that we won the game, but unfortunately we didn't pull it out. In my opinion, there were lots of questionable calls throughout the game, especially the last possession, but that's how life is sometimes. Our team played very hard the entire game, but we still have lots of things we can improve on. Purdue played a very aggressive zone defense, and our offense sputtered a little towards the end. This season I've really tried to step up my game on the offensive end. With me becoming more of an offensive threat, my teammates also have a better chance of scoring. For those who followed me in high school, you might find it weird that I have been struggling with my offensive production. Although I was the leading scorer for my high school team, the college game is much different because everyone came in just like me. For my first two years in college, I had teammates who took control of the scoring end of the game, but now being a senior I know I have to step my game up. It's actually not even about scoring points either. I've mainly been focusing on being a threat and making my defender guard me. This opens up several opportunities for both me and my teammates.
We also had another game this week. The results of this game are more exciting so I decided to tell this story second. We beat Minnesota on Thursday night in a double overtime game. Yes, you read it right DOUBLE OVERTIME. I'm not sure how many of you have actually played in a collegiate game, but playing 40 minutes is tiring enough. I was still trying to recover two days after the game. My legs were so sore that I convinced myself to actually take an ice bath, and I never do that. That was only my second of the year. I can take a lot of things, but I'm just not a fan of being cold. This was a special occasion though because I knew I needed to be ready for the big game against Purdue. Hopefully we won't have to go into overtime in any more games this season.
HOME AWAY FROM HOME
The Minnesota game was also very exciting because we have several players on the team who are from the area. We definitely had a solid fan section for this game. Each player gets four free tickets for each game to give to their family and friends. As you could imagine, everyone was fighting over tickets weeks before we were actually scheduled to play. The day before the game we were able to go to Alyssa Karel's house for a team dinner. This was a lot different than having dinner at the hotel. Everyone's family was able to attend, and the dinner was great. There were also lots of cookies, brownies, and other desserts which I'm sure our strength coach was not too excited to see. We even started a small game of charades with both the adults and players, although the adults just stuck to the guessing end of it. Overall, it was a fun trip and a great bonding experience for everyone.
Now we're 17-7 for the season and 7-6 in conference play. We're currently ranked third with five more games to go. I hope you continue to follow the rest of our season. Finally, I wanted to give a shout out to my high school teammate Andrea Grams. Thanks for coming to the game!
-Teah Gant #13
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