The first time I coached, a kid named Casey Adkins won his first-ever medal in the basketball skills competition. The smile on his face when he won was just amazing. It made me want to do this even more.
We are incredibly happy to be here today. We survived an incredible basketball game. Washington gave us everything we could ever imagine to handle. But we were able to withstand it and advance. And that is what you want to do in the NCAA Tournament.
When Michael Jordan first came out, they said all he can do is dunk and he doesn't win championships. So Michael Jordan went and perfected his jump shot and became one of the best in the game. That's what Annika does year in, year out; she finds her weaknesses and makes them better.
This is a modest increase in our ticket price in order for us to continue to move forward our basketball programs. One of our short term goals is to begin a feasibility study for a new basketball practice facility for both our men's and women's basketball teams, and this move is the first step in making that happen.
They showed us what playoff basketball is about. It was good for us to go through. We've experienced some ups and downs in the past and we've bounced back before. So I'm going to spin this into a positive and say that this butt-kicking was a good lesson for us on both ends of the floor.
It's huge game. Both teams are great teams, but hopefully Miami will pull it off. It (basketball) is becoming really big. It's hard to compete with these schools with football, but I think basketball is going to be even bigger in a few years.
Dionne is an amazing basketball player, and she hasn't even begun to reach her full potential yet. She proved she is just as good as Sophia Young. I expect her to be an All-American before she graduates.