As a veteran of many, many AAU games all over the northeast, and hundreds of high school and college games, I can tell you by the time a player hits D-3 college basketball many a distraction gets in the way. Players are in a new situation that is very different from high school and they often live away from home for the first time. Academics are more rigorous and social life gets interesting. But they play anyway, because they love the sport and the camaraderie. The difference between a team of sub-par under-performers and a dynamic group of people working together toward a common goal is team chemistry and focus. And I believe this team has it. In the few practices I have been able to attend I see a team that is unselfish with no obvious prima donnas. They play and support each other as a team should. The coaches and players have a mutual respect that allows for good communication. With all this good karma, why shouldn't they leave it all on the court? And just to be clear, leaving it all on the court does not necessarily mean wins; this team may win 5 games, 8 games, 10 games... it just means being in every game with everything they've got. That's what they'll remember!
In twenty-five years, the players who make up the 2012-2013 Hilbert College Women's Basketball team will look back and remember what they did that season, a season to remember. I encourage the Hilbert College community to come out and sit in the stands and scream.
“This is not the time to be passive. This is the time to shape, sculpt, paint, participate… the time to get sweaty, to get dirty, to fall in love, to forgive, to forget, to hug, to kiss… this is the time to experience, participate and live your life as a verb.” -- Steve Maraboli
Hilbert's Women's 2012-2013 Basketball Schedule