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:
Hello fans! There hasn't really been much going on this week. After the Big Ten Tournament we got a few days off to recuperate. We traveled back to Madison on Sunday morning and also got Monday and Tuesday off. These definitely didn't feel like off days to me though. I had loads of work to finish and make up since we missed two days of school for the tournament. There wasn't really much time to rest on Sunday because I had three group projects to prepare for the week. This included finding time to work with each group and get every part of the presentation ready. Luckily, everyone was willing to work around my schedule and everything turned out well.
I'm also working on a project at American Girl. If you don't know, American Girl is the big doll company. On Wednesday my team and I had to go out to their site in order to get information for our project. In the middle of interviewing one of the workers, another worker came by to say that there was someone famous in the building. Of course I was very interested to find out who this famous person was. I mean who wouldn't want to meet a star? Soon after, I found out that they were talking about me. I definitely wasn't expecting that at all. It was kind of funny because we stopped in the middle of an interview to talk about sports. I felt bad for my other team members, but she was really excited that I was there. I wasn't really surprised that she hadn't recognized me herself because many people say we look a lot different all dressed up than we do on the court.
WAITING'S THE HARDEST PART
Now back to basketball business. We returned to practicing on Wednesday to prepare for the tournament. It's really hard having practiced without knowing what team you will be playing or when the game will be. The men's selection show was on Sunday, and ours was Monday night. I think that's kind of unfair because most of the women's tournaments are done the week before. We have to wait a whole week to find out as opposed to the men who only have to wait a couple hours. Nevertheless, practice remained really intense. We didn't go for long, but the competition level was at its peak. It's good to see that everyone is still willing to put their best effort into practice during this time of the year.
I've had the luxury of being able to play in post season every year I've been here. This year is much different though. It's the BIG DANCE! The WNIT was a great experience, but everyone strives to get into the NCAA Tournament. This year we've finally done it...hopefully. I don't like to say things until they're official, but my coach is pretty sure we are in. We're having a small party Monday night to watch the show as a team and celebrate the occasion. I'm so proud of my team and everything we have accomplished so far, but we're not done yet. Our goal from the beginning of the season was to not only make it to the NCAA tournament, but also go far into the tournament. The first round of play starts on Saturday. Wish us luck!
-Teah Gant #13
UPDATE: Teah and the Badgers were selected as a 7th seed in the NCAA East Region. They will face Vermont Sunday in South Bend, IN. Tip off is at 11:00 AM CDT and the game will be televised on ESPN2.