Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Sweet 16 Times 2

It was wonderful having the Spartan men's team advance to the Sweet 16, but as a #2 seed, not a great shocker, but the Spartan women's team and their upset of Duke was one for the memory books. Being there in person to catch the atmosphere and emotion cannot be beat! Thanks Gary and Tom.

Izzo and the boys will play Kansas Friday night in Indianapolis, while Suzy and the girls take on Iowa State on Saturday out in California. It was just the third time ever that a #9 seed has beaten a #1.

Some quotes: Suzy said:
"Obviously there was a little bit of a game-plan clearly, but the bottom line is the players. ... For us to have 14 turnovers is borderline a miracle against anybody. And for us to do it against Duke is pretty spectacular."

Star of the game Mia Johnson said:
"When we come to play, anything can happen and that is what we were all banking on," Johnson said. "Last night, we got together as a team and we talked about what we wanted to accomplish today. With the grace of God, we are here and executed "

"We're feisty," Johnson said. "We weren't going to back down."

"It was never about playing coach P. She was a great coach and did a lot of great things here," junior Aisha Jefferson said. "It was all about us today. ... We all came out and played with heart and played harder than them. We knew we would be the better team tonight."

I have had season tickets to this team's games for three years now, and have grown to really care about them, though admittedly at times some of their games have been painful to watch. Last night's jublilant success story is one I will long remember. They reached down inside themselves for something extra, found it, and made history.

Good luck in California!

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