BUFF AND BLOG - GEORGE WASHINGTON WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
The George Washington women's basketball team, specifically juniors Tara Booker and Kye Allums and freshman Erica Chandler, will be sharing their experiences as student-athletes in Foggy Bottom throughout the 2010-11 season. Be sure to check back as new posts will be added each week.
Erica Chandler, October 12, 2010
I know it hasn't been long since I last talked to you, but a great deal has happened since then. We had our first official practice this past Saturday. It was really cool to finally be able to get together as a whole team. We had the chance to start running plays and even played a little 5-on-5. Along with Saturday being the first day of practice, it was also our first day of two-a-days, which means two practices in one day. I definitely needed an ice bath after that.
On the other side of things, I am sure all of you students out there are studying as hard as I am, since it is time for midterms. It's tough studying for some of my classes because of back-to-back exams, but our tutors are awesome, and I know I will do just fine!!
Oh, and guess what? Our portion of Colonials Invasion is going to be a MUST-SEE! I can't give you guys too many details because that would ruin the surprise. Just make sure you come out and support us this Friday at 8:00 pm! It's going to be A LOT of fun!!!
Talk to you later G-Dub supporters!!!
Tara Booker, October 4, 2010
Phew! Talk about being busy! I have barely had enough time to think these last few weeks! Classes are in full swing, and that means my schedule is flooded with homework, papers and midterms right now. Preseason is almost over and our team is looking better and better every day! When I sit back and watch, I really feel proud of how hard we are all working!
Besides practice, weights, cardio, and homework, the team has also been practicing for Colonial Invasion. We have some AWESOME things planned, so make sure you come out to watch on October 15th!
Last week, numerous GW student-athletes had the opportunity to go to BET studios. It was such a great experience. Debra Lee, CEO of BET Networks, gave an amazing and inspirational speech, as well as many other important staffers who help manage and produce the network.
In terms of free time, I was lucky to finish my homework before the weekend began. One of my closest friends came to visit, so I accompanied her on a tour of DC. We went to museums, the National Mall - the WORKS! It's so crazy going to GW and having such historical and national landmarks right in your own backyard!
Time is flying by and pretty soon the season will be here! Stay tuned to what we all are anticipating as a great season!
"If you want to be a champion you are willing to pay a greater price" -Bud Wilkinson
Kye Allums, September 30, 2010
Last week was a challenging one. On Monday, we had a good one-hour team workout as we went over routines for the first time all year. It felt good to get back in the gym with everyone. Preseason Wednesdays are DEFINITELY the dreaded days because those are the Versaclimber days (which, by far, is the hardest thing for me). I was proud of everyone as we all got through it no matter how much we seemed to struggle at the time. Friday was also challenging as we had conditioning on the court along with agility tests. Our team was definitely tired from all the work we had been putting in during the week, but we all figured out a way to overcome the aches and pains and finish the tasks we were given.
The weekend was LONG awaited. When Saturday came around, I didn't waste any of my energy. I rested every chance I got, but also worked on some design projects for class. Somehow, I managed to make my way to Target and bought DDR (Dance Dance Revolution) to play in my free time after all my work was finished, of course:)! That was the gist of my week, now I need to get ready for the next one.
Until next time Colonials fans!
Erica Chandler, September 20, 2010
For those of you who don't know me, my name is Erica Chandler and I'm a freshman on the team this year. I am very excited about joining the GW Basketball Family! Classes are in session and going really well! In addition to Kay-Kay and Tara's updates, this past week was a tough one! We started our preseason workouts and as a freshman, I'm definitely experiencing all the hard work that is necessary to be a Division I basketball player.
Even though the workouts are super exhausting, I'm really glad I have my teammates beside me, because we all help each other to push through. Plus, facing these challenges as one unit and working together to get past it is a great way to bond with each other!!! We are also starting to do individual workouts with our coaches so we can master our skills. When put together on the court, we will have what it takes to become A-10 CHAMPS!!!
Until next time,
Kye Allums, September 13, 2010
I have been waiting all summer for workouts to start up again, and FINALLY we are working out. Although we only did conditioning on Friday, we did a lot of hard work during that time. It was a good intro for our newcomers to see what it's going to be like during the season. I'm pretty sure they got a good idea! Once we were finished, I had all the free time in the world. I got really lucky with the way my class schedule ended up with no classes on Monday or Friday, so having energy during the week is a lot easier than it has been in the past. Since I was having such a great day, I decided to get my favorite ice cream, choco oreo, and then to end it all, I went to the movies to see Going The Distance. I had no idea what it was about, but it ended up being a pretty good movie!
On Saturday, I went to the mall with some of my teammates - Brooke, Megan and Tara. We went to EVERY SINGLE store in that mall and I couldn't find anything that I wanted. I don't really like spending money, but of course I had to spend it on food. After the mall, I relaxed the rest of the afternoon because I knew I would have to put in a lot of study hours on Sunday. After completing my homework on Sunday, I couldn't wait to play pick-up with my team later that afternoon! My teammates and I work so hard, and I can't wait for the season to begin!
"No Pain, No Gain!!!"
Tara Booker, September 7, 2010
Hey everyone! Welcome back to the 2010-2011 school year!
I had such a great summer! I stayed on campus all summer to work out, take classes, and work at GW's medical library, Himmelfarb. This summer sure came to an end rather quickly though, and the first week of school hit rather hard! This last week has been jam-packed with tons of activities and classes.
The first day we had to be back on campus we did our annual volunteer move-in. All the coaches and players came out to help the new incoming freshman move into their new residential dorms. Later in the week, the whole team and coaching staff went over to the Boys and Girls Club in DC to talk to a group of kids and teens about living healthy lifestyles and staying focused in the classroom.
This entire past week was Welcome Back Week for all students. I know I, as well as many of my teammates, enjoyed all of the free food and giveaways GW has offered this past week. The highlight of Welcome Back Week was definitely Fall Fest last Saturday. Not only did Fall Fest have free food, smoothies, candy, t-shirts, and coupons, but they also brought Travie McCoy (a.k.a. my future husband), and DC native Wale, to perform.
Hope everyone is enjoying the start of fall and is looking forward to hearing all about my personal fall activities and experiences with classes, the start-up of practices, and the beginning of the season.
-Tara Booker #31
Sara Mostafa, August 16, 2010
Hey GW fans!
The summer is winding down, and there are only two more days of classes left! Before you know it we will be starting fall semester. After final exams, I will be going back to New Jersey to spend time with my family, friends, and cutest of all, my dog Pongo. He's a Dalmatian and I always miss him so much when I'm at school. My friends and I are planning to bring Pongo to the beach with us while we relax and soak up some sun. I am also going to workout with my brother, but those sessions don't compare to our team workouts due to the competition! My teammates always compete hard in the weight room, so that it is fun and challenging at the same time. We push each other to get better!
As you read in Brooke's blog, last Friday our team, including Coach Bozeman and Coach Moore, went to St. Mary's Court to play Bingo with the residents. We met some of our longtime supporters, and they were really sweet folks! Although neither myself, Danni Jackson, nor the couple we were sitting with got Bingo, it was still a great way to have fun and to reach out to the community!
This will be my last blog of the summer, so I wish everyone a great fall and I hope to see you at our games!
Brooke Wilson, August 9, 2010
Summer school is almost over, which means we are that much closer to the new season. My teammates and I are all super pumped and ready to go. We will start fall classes at the end of August.
This past Friday, the team took a visit to St. Mary's Court, a local home for the elderly, retired, and handicapped. We have plenty of supporters, fans, and followers who call St. Mary's home. On our visit, we entertained some of those supporters by playing Bingo with them. We gave out plenty of prizes, such as T-shirts and snacks. We enjoyed lively conversation and interaction with the residents. It was such a fun evening, and we will be sure to come back and visit.
This will be my last blog for the summer, but some of my other teammates are going to keep you updated with everything going on this fall.
Thanks for all the continued support! Go Colonials!
Danni Jackson, August 2, 2010
My summer has been going great! This past weekend, I went home to relax with my family. There is never a dull moment with the Jacksons! We stayed up all night watching stand-up comedy and had a great time. Hanging with them is the best because we laugh the whole time and make jokes about one another.
Now I'm back at school and ready to get the week started by working out to get stronger for the fall. I am really looking forward to this season! My leg is feeling better every day, and now I'm just working on strength and getting my speed back. I am so excited about the team! We have a lot of energy this year, and we are ready to play and help restore the GW tradition. Hope your summer is going well too!
Sara Mostafa, July 27, 2010
Hey GW fans!
It's been a while! A lot of things have happened since I've last written! The new recruits arrived on campus, and we are all settled into summer school. I'm taking a geology class and a film class online. In my film class, we get to watch old classic movies like Psycho, Breakfast at Tiffany's and Mary Poppins-which I really enjoy.
I also started my weekend job as a life guard at the outdoor pool on the Mount Vernon campus. While I was working last week, my co-workers and I started seeing Secret Service vehicles closing off the area around the church across the street. A few hours later, we saw President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, and their daughters Melia and Sasha walking out! Apparently, one of the girls had a recital. They all stopped and waved, and I was only about 20 feet away! It was so exciting to see the entire first family--just across the street!
It has been fun getting to know my new teammates. We have all been working so hard in preparation for the fall season. I can hardly wait!
Until next time!
Brooke Wilson, July 19, 2010
This summer has been going great! Everyone on the team is now back on campus and taking summer classes. Most of us are taking a geology course and one other class.
We have a few great new additions to our team: Kristin Aldridge, Erica Chandler and Chelisa Painter. It's great to have new talent and new faces around. I am really looking forward to this upcoming season with them.
My birthday just passed on July 11 - I am finally the big 2-0! My teammates sang happy birthday, took me out to eat, and a few of them decided to lovingly smear pie in my face - not to name any names...Kay-Kay Allums and Tiana Myers! Oops! It was all in good fun though, and I got them back!
In terms of basketball, I am pleased to say that we are all in the gym working very hard everyday, and everyone is improving in one area or another. It's a beautiful thing! We are all so ready to play again!
Until next time!
Brooke Wilson, May 20, 2010
Classes are finally over...thank goodness! I'm about to be a junior...woohoo! Well, at least academically. It was a long year with all of the make-up days from the huge blizzard that hit us in the winter.
Graduation occurred this past weekend. I knew quite a few people in this year's senior class, so I was really happy for them and their families and wish them the best. First Lady Michelle Obama was the keynote speaker at this year's Commencement ceremony, how cool is that? Although I didn't make it to the National Mall to see her, I heard she gave a great speech and listening to her was a great experience.
I don't have any huge summer plans this year, but Tara Booker and I recently started working at Himmelfarb Library, the medical library on campus. We started on the same day and are currently in our second week. We've been through a lot of library training and are starting to get very comfortable working there. Most of our work is at the access desk - where we check identification - or the circulation desk - where we check out books, answer questions and phones, and more!
As for basketball, I'm excited to get on the court again and get in shape for next season. I have a good feeling about everything. I'm going to continue working on my hands and footwork, along with a lot of shooting. I'm also going to keep working to get my knee stronger. You can never have too much practice!
That's about all for now, can't wait for the weather to get nicer so I can get outside and hit up the pool! Until next time! Enjoy your summer!
Danni Jackson, May 12, 2010
Freshman year has come to an end and despite my basketball injury, I had some really fun times. Most of them were with my roommate, Megan Nipe, but as a team we had some great memories as well. One funny moment was when the team was in the weight room doing shoulder exercises and Shi-Heria asked if it works her abs. A memory I have with Megan is when I was trying to get the window in our room open and got my fingers stuck - Megan laughed so hard.
Some other memories are when we were in the Bahamas - all the great people who helped me off the court and the workers in the hospital who talked to me and were just really great people. Also, Phillip - the guy who drove me everywhere and took me through the airport in the Bahamas. Even though that trip didn't work out well for me, I still had fun and met some great people. Megan, Tara, Sara and Brooke had me and my new cast out by the water and crutching everywhere on the beach.
Overall, my freshman experience was one to remember. I had a great time and look forward to my sophomore year. I hope everyone has a great summer and be careful.
Sara Mostafa, May 3, 2010
Hey GW Colonials Fans!
It's been a very busy time on campus with finals this week. We've been studying like crazy!
This week, I only have two finals and a paper due then I'm off to sunny Florida for vacation. I am going to be gone for Mother's Day though, so I am going to have to think of a way to show my appreciation from a couple hundred miles away. After Florida I'll be home to see my parents and little niece. Also, my brother is coming home in a few days from being overseas with the military, so I'm ridiculously excited to see him. Then it's back to GW in July for summer school.
On Saturday, my mom came and moved me out of my dorm for the summer. My room is now nearly empty, I don't even have any forks! Tara, Brooke and I took a break from studying later in the day (well, Brooke brought her notecards) and we went to Mount Vernon Pool to enjoy the beautiful weather and get tan! After that, we went to the Capital Funk Showcase to support our team manager, Morgan. She's in GW's hip-hop dance group, Capital Funk. They performed twice, along with music artists, beat boxers, other dance groups and spoken word poets. It was really cool to see all the different talents of the GW student body.
Yesterday afternoon, I took teammates Megan and Danni to my favorite fro-yo place. It's all the way in DuPont and we walked! Luckily, we got a ride back so it wasn't all that bad. At night, Ivy, Tiana and our friend Alex were in the library studying until almost 2 am! Tiana and I took a study break at Starbucks around midnight and the line was out the door! Only during finals week at GW!
Brooke Wilson, April 26, 2010
I had quite a full and exciting week! The week featured our team banquet at Ruth's Chris Steak House in Crystal City (you can see pictures of our dinner on the team's facebook page), an NCAA-sponsored etiquette dinner hosted by etiquette extraordinaire, Nancy Mitchell, and a dodgeball game versus GW's volleyball team.
The banquet was amazing with all of the wonderful food - sweet potatoes, steak, shrimp, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach, crab cakes and more. We were all dressed to kill and in the good company of each other, our coaching staff, advisors, male practice players and the Bozeman family. The etiquette dinner I attended was a little bit different, but a great learning experience. It consisted of about two or three players from each GW sport and we were taught all the do's and don'ts of dining and first impressions. My teammates Tara Booker and Tiana Myers also attended. We were split up upon arrival and I sat with a women's water polo player, a baseball player and a men's swimmer. The combination of all the different student-athletes made for great conversation, and the dinner was quite useful and really a wonderful experience. The most valuable things I learned were tips on going out to eat with a boss or a superior. Right after that dinner some members of the volleyball team challenged women's basketball to a game of dodgeball. We have an ongoing, friendly prank and competition rivalry between our two teams - we've actually done some pretty funny things to one another! Although I did not participate in the dodgeball game, I heard the women's basketball came out victorious, as usual! Woohoo! Go Colonials!
Keep looking out for more blogs from Danni, Sara and myself! We'll be keeping you posted about all things GW women's basketball!
Danni Jackson, April 19, 2010
This weekend I went home and watched my mom play softball with my teammate and roommate Megan Nipe. My mom played very well, she hit two home runs and got on base every time. She has been playing for so long and she is faster than me. I used to go with her on every trip when I was younger. We would go to Florida and Texas, stay in villas and just have a blast. We always took turns on what trips we'd go on because I was traveling with basketball and she would be doing softball, so it has always been like this for our family.
Last week, I turned up the rehab for my ankle - I'm almost running full speed without a limp and doing layups as if I never got hurt! I've really been training hard to get back in shape and ready for next season. I've been working the most with our trainer Chris Duncan, so we are building a great relationship. (He told me I'm his favorite - just don't tell my teammates!) We have really been working on my strength mostly and we pick up the intensity every week just so that my body gets used to it again since it's been a while. I'm so excited to play again and to show people and my teammates I haven't lost a step. I just can't wait to get back out there and play with my teammates, have some fun and have a great 2010-11 season. I look forward to seeing everyone at our games starting in November...Go Colonials!!!
Until next time,
Sara Mostafa, April 13, 2010
Hello GW Basketball Fans,
The post-season has been going great so far! Everyone is working hard. We're finishing up the spring semester - less than three weeks left!! Wow, how time flies! My teammates and I are all studying hard for finals. I know we're going to work hard and finish the semester strong!
A week ago it was my 20th birthday and I had a great day. My boyfriend made me a cake and he and my teammates came to my room at midnight and sang happy birthday. That's kind of been a tradition for us. I remember freshman year I made a cake for Tara for her birthday and she was a little late getting to my room so all the candles burnt down to the bottom and wax got all over the icing! Don't worry, though, we still ate it!
Yesterday was the National Student-Athlete Day barbecue in Anniversary Park on campus. It was great seeing all the administration, academic staff, coaches, and all the student-athletes celebrating together! It was a beautiful day and we all enjoyed the hot dogs and hamburgers (and veggie burgers for some people, like Coach Alexander!) fresh off the grill.
The DC weather has been amazing lately. It's making everyone want to get outside and enjoy all the sights and sounds of the city. Sunday, I walked over to the National Mall to see the Cherry Blossoms. They were already past their peak, but it was still really beautiful and I had a great time enjoying the weather.
Keep looking out for more blogs! Myself, Brooke and Danni will be writing all spring and summer long keeping you updated until it's game time again!
Ivy Abiona, Feb. 22, 2010
This past weekend, we got a win versus Atlantic 10 opponent Fordham. It was a great game and a nailbiter until the last couple of minutes. Saturday (like Megan mentioned in last week's blog) was GW Women's Basketball's Pink Zone day. It was great to see everyone out and wearing pink!!! The Colonial Brass band even got in on the act and supported by wearing GW's "THINK PINK" initiative T-shirts. The Colonial Brass band even had a pink tuba, now that was a sight to see; but it only made me smile because it was all in good-natured fun to help for breast cancer research. Also, there were some familiar faces in the crowd for the Colonial Army (well more familiar to me since I'm an upperclassman). A lot of alums from the Colonial Brass band came to the game on Saturday and sat in the Colonial Army section. It was great to see old faces and to still see their support (Once a GW hopeful, always a GW hopeful!!!). Although I didn't get to see any of them after the game, I hope that they realize how big of a boost it was for our team to have them back and cheering alongside the current members of the Colonial Army and Colonial Brass. It made the Pink Zone day much more lively.
We have a heavy load this week with games. We have two home games (Tuesday vs. Saint Louis and Friday vs. Richmond- which is a make-up game that was canceled due to Snowpocalypse) and one away game (Saturday vs. Temple). Besides the hectic week with games, this coming week is also Homecoming Week 2010. There will be lots of fun activities at both the women's and men's basketball games this week. At Tuesday night's game our lone senior - student head manager Barbie Hunley - will be honored for her years of commitment and dedication. It will be cool to see her get recognized for all of her hard work!!! She will definitely be missed next year. Well, that's all I have for you now. Make sure to join us this week for HOMECOMING 2010 and enjoy our last two games at the Smith Center this season!!! Until next time,
Megan Nipe, Feb. 18, 2010
I hope everyone had a great Valentine's Day!! I'm so appreciative of everyone in my life, and this day really reminds me to take extra time out and show them how much I love them. As for basketball, we have begun strategizing for our game this Saturday. We are nearing the end of conference play and realize that these last few games are extremely important. Our next game is against Fordham Saturday, so that is the only game we are thinking about right now. It's also our Pink Zone game, so please come out dressed in pink to help support the GW Women's Athletics Thinks Pink initiative and the WBCA for breast cancer research.
Practice has been going great and I'm excited to see the progress we are making. Now we have to take that progress made in practice and apply it to the game.
Hope everyone is staying warm with all this snow!!!
Tiana Myers, Feb. 11, 2010
This past week has been great. All the snow we have received this week has allowed the team to catch up on school work and get much needed rest. We have been out of school ALL week. Who would have ever thought I would see this day in college? Over the weekend we traveled to Duquesne. We had a chance to win at the end and fought hard. This particular road trip was entertaining to say the least. On the way to the game our bus got stuck in the snow so we had to walk a couple blocks to the game and then walk back. We also stayed another night until the roads were clear. That night wasn't bad. We got to watch movies in our hotel rooms. Some of us watched Law Abiding Citizen. For those who have yet to see this movie, I recommend it. The following morning we made the drive back to DC. It took us seven hours for a 4.5 hour bus ride, but we got back safe thanks to our driver, Cliff, so that is all that matters.
Also, because of the snow our game against Richmond has been postponed. They couldn't even get to the gym if they wanted to because the roads were not cleared yet. When I went outside this morning for practice all I saw was snow everywhere. The wind was blowing so hard that it looked a storm you would see in a movie. This is the first snow storm I can remember being in, even though my mom says there was another just like this in '96, I just don't remember that one. I just realized we haven't had a snowball fight. I'll get back to everyone and let you know how that goes. Maybe the teams will be sophomores vs. freshmen and then we will all go against the coaches. Sounds fun, right? But on the basketball side, this has been a long season but our spirits are still high. We are still in this together and we are sticking together in spite of everything. This season is not over yet. We will still surprise people.
Talk to you soon,
Ivy Abiona, Feb. 3, 2010
It seems as though it has been forever since my last blog entry. Since then you have enjoyed great writeups from both Megan and Tiana. As they noted we are in the midst of Atlantic 10 Conference play. Even though we are going through some tough times, the morale and spirit of the team is still high. It's incredible to attend practice and have the level of focus and attention to detail still be positive. It is also great to see the competitive conference. I think the team is starting to learn that the rigorous play and the drive to win is extremely heightened come A-10 play. Personally, I know for the me that once the conference season starts it's a whole new ball game. It's just something about playing in the A-10 and against players you have played throughout your college career that makes your hunger to win even stronger and more intense.
I guess one thing that I haven't recently blogged about is my knee rehab for ACL injury. Although I am not returning this season, the outlook is looking bright. Strength and Conditioning Coach Ben Kenyon and athletic trainer Chris Duncan are doing great jobs with my knee. Currently, I am gradually moving into more dynamic and vigorous body movements that simulate quick and fast game movements; this is in addition to my regular strengthening exercises and workouts. It's a little tough at times and definitely tiring, but anything to get back on the floor with my team! 100% Colonials Basketball!!!!
That's pretty much all I have for today. Tonight we actually play the Musketeers of Xavier University. The game will be played in the Smith Center (always great to be home). In addition, it is also our "Pack the House" game. Can't wait to see the stands filled with lots of Colonial hopefuls!! Wish us luck!!! Have a good one and as always,
Megan Nipe, Jan. 26, 2010
Well, we are now in the full swing of Atlantic 10 Conference play. This is quite different than non-conference. In a sense, games versus teams that aren't in our conference matter, but not nearly as much as conference play. Once this time of year comes around, it's somewhat like a clean slate. This is the record that really matters and sets us up for the A-10 Championship, which will be held close to GW at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, MD. We're only five games in to conference and it will be exciting to see how we do knowing the potential our team has.
However, with all these games, comes all the travel. One of the hardest parts to this schedule is that we are on the road a lot right at the beginning of the semester. It challenges us to work hard to stay on top of everything and every class we miss. On the positive side, it makes me start conversations and build relationships with my professors. Being a shy person, it helps because I'm not sure I'd forge those relationships otherwise. In that case, I can view the travel as a positive. Although, keeping up with this schedule is still something I'm trying to get used to.
We travel to play the University of Massachusetts tomorrow. Wish us luck!!!
Tiana Myers, Jan. 18, 2010
Happy New Year to everyone. Winter Break was much needed but back to class we go. The first week of class wasn't so bad. Most of my classes are in Funger Hall, across from the Smith Center so I don't have far to walk before and after practice. My professors are really nice also which is a good thing. In a couple of my classes, the professors made me make a name tag, which reminded me of elementary school, but some of my friends said they had teachers that do the same so I didn't feel so young. This semester I am taking four classes which is better than last semester when I took six. This semester I am taking social psychology, religion (the new testament), which is also a writing class. I'm more of a math and formula person, but I'm sure I'll enjoy the class either way. And the other two classes I am taking are human resource management and accounting. Unfortunately I don't have any teammates to keep me company in class this semester so I have to make friends in these classes. It's not a bad thing meeting new people but I guess you can say I can be a little shy at times so we will see how that goes. Many people don't know this but I get nervous meeting people. I will have to work on that.
As for me and my teammates, we are getting back into school mode, too. I am especially proud of our freshies. They have adjusted pretty well to the college experience, like living by themselves and going to class. But they haven't gotten the cooking thing down quite yet. If I'm feeling nice I cook for them, I know you're thinking I'm so thoughtful =). Janine and Shi-Heria (Shi) told me they were going to cook me something, we will see what they come up with and how it tastes. Hopefully they don't burn the place down...just kidding.
But I hope all is well with everyone and the new year brings many great things to your life,
Talk to you soon,
Ivy Abiona, Jan. 12, 2010
Winter break is officially over, so you know what that means...the start of Atlantic 10 play. A-10 conference games are important for us because it will help our team with post-season play. Especially with a young team such as ours, A-10 victories will definitely give us a boost! Unfortunately, we lost to Dayton, 59-55, in our A-10 opener on Saturday. It was a great, hard fought game, but we will be sure to get the next one versus the University of Rhode Island on Tuesday evening.
In addition to A-10 conference games beginning, classes also began this week. I don't know about classes starting back up, but it sure is nice to see familiar faces back on campus. My classes aren't too bad this semester, some of them I think I'm going to enjoy, like "Issues in Women's Health" and "Physical Activity in Health & Behavior Change." That's all for now and until next time...
Ivy Abiona, Dec. 23, 2009
HO HO HO!!!!!! Hi Everyone, It's been a while since I last blogged. Things have been so hecticwithall of the traveling, wrapping up with our fall semester classes, finals, practices, and getting ready for the holidays. Even though it seemed like it took forever for the semester to end, right after Thanksgiving it seemed that we zoomed right into finals week, with papers and exams. I can say, personally, that I'm happy that it's all over!!!! Now we can focus on basketball 24/7- which will definitely help us get back on track and refocused. We took a tough one the other day versus George Mason. I think that this mini-break will do people some good; hang out with family and friends and enjoy being home!
Our next four games are home - which is GREAT because it feels as though we have been living out of our suitcases since November. I'm excited to see how our team matches up. There should be some great games and as always we hope to see you there, in your BUFF & BLUE!!!! GO GW!!!
Tiana Myers, Dec. 21, 2009
Hey everyone, haven't wrote a blog in a while due to finals and our travel schedule. I'm so glad finals are over. Personally, I had two finals and a paper all due on Tuesday, so Monday I stayed up all night studying, but Wednesday was great because I officially started my winter break. Over this past weekend, we got snowed in at school. So all we did was practice since the game on Sunday was cancelled. Some of my teammates finished their Christmas shopping and I haven't even started...maybe I will do mine after our game Tuesday. We have Secret Santa on our team every year and I want to know who my Secret Santa is, but no one will tell me...guess I will have to just wait until we exchange gifts.
I will keep this blog brief, just wanted to stop in and say HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone and hope to see you all at the games Dec. 28 against Western Kentucky and Dec. 30 against Rutgers....we really do appreciate our fan base.
Junkanoo Jam in the Bahamas - Nov. 26, 2009
After a long day of travel - from DC to Miami, then a delayed flight to Freeport - and several lost bags, the team reached the Radisson Our Lucaya Resort in the Bahamas around 11 pm Wednesday night. According to a tournament liaison, we were officially the latest arriving team in the history of the event, but at least we made it which is something to be thankful for. A late dinner and a good night's rest will get us ready for a fun Thanksgiving.
Our first day started with a buffet breakfast at 9:30 am, then some film on Friday's opponent, Michigan State, right afterwards. Then our afternoon of fun - an hour of watersports in the Atlantic Ocean with jet skis, a banana boat, kayaks and a trampoline. A quick lunch and then we departed for Dolphin Experience. Grand Bahama Island has one of the largest dolphin sanctuaries in the world and we got to spend a few hours with brothers Andros and Indy and mother-daughter combo Cayla and Coral. We learned a lot about them, especially how much they enjoy and thrive off human interaction. They performed a series of jumps and tricks, including splashing Coach Bozeman on more than one occasion. We all had the chance to get in the water with the dolphins, petting and receiving a kiss from them on the command of their amusing and well-informed trainers.
Thursday wasn't all about fun and play, though, as we had to double-time back to our hotel to get over to Grand Bahama's YMCA for practice. Small gym with a synthetic floor, but the baskets are still 10-feet and we were able to get a lot of shots up and go over the game plan for Michigan State.
We ended the night at the Junkanoo Jam Thanksgiving banquet for dinner. It was a very big event with 11 other teams, fans, referees and even Bahamian government officials. The food was very good, but the highlight was the entertainment - a Bahamian marching band took a slow lap around the banquet hall, pulling players in to dance as they went.
That was our day of fun in the Bahamas, now it's time to play some basketball.
Ivy Abiona, Nov. 19, 2009
BUCKETS, BUCKETS, BUCKETS!!!!! It feels GREAT to go out in our first game of the season and get a win, especially on the road!! This past Tuesday we played North Texas and what a game it was. The sophomores and freshmen of the GW women's basketball team really came to play. Even with a hostile "Mean Green" University of North Texas school band serving as sixth-man for the hosts, GW overcame! If you didn't check out the women's basketball web site, let me just fill you in. Sophomore Sara Mostafa almost had a triple-double ... there were five (FIVE!) players who scored double-digits, with the rest of the team not far behind...and, oh yeah, a freshman by the name of Shi-Heria Shipp tipped-in a miss with only seconds to spare to give GW a sweet win with a final score of 84-82. In a nutshell - that's simply GW Basketball!!!! It lessened the woes of the 5:00 am wake-up call and made the 7:00 am plane ride back to Washington a whole lot nicer.
Also, did you hear about the GW men's basketball team? Two games, two wins! Congrats men! Both men's and women's basketball teams are jumping out to early wins; yes count it - 3 games, 3 wins, VICTORY! That is just the GW way, baby!!!! And I'm sure that we'll be seeing more success this weekend as the GW women's volleyball team heads out to Dayton for the A-10 Championship. Good luck ladies!!!
Finally, we have our first home game in the newly renovated Smith Center tonight at 7:00 pm against Coppin State. It's starting to get kind of hard to keep the excitement under wraps! It's going to be great to show the home crowd what we are all about. New arena, new team, starting a new season of basketball ... Ahhhh, I love this time of year!!!! Tip-off is at 7:00 pm so make sure you're there!!!!! GO GW!!!!!!
The First Game is Quickly Approaching
Before I even talk about the season I just wanted to say: HAPPY 18th BIRTHDAY to JANINE DAVIS!
And now back to basketball. There are exactly 15 days until the first game of the season. Our season opener is against North Texas on Nov. 17 and I can't wait, but let's not get ahead of ourselves - we still have many things to accomplish in practice first. Practices are coming together pretty well, I must say. The freshmen are getting adjusted to the college level of play and the intensity they must bring each day and us sophomores are stepping up and showing good leadership qualities. All in all, we are working hard. And let's not forget about Ivy Abiona, or Iviona as I like to call her, our lone upperclassman. She is always encouraging us and pushing us to get better even when we think we are doing all we can. What I like most about this team is the bond we share. We had a team night this past Friday and let's just say we are forever bonded. We all learned something valuable about one another.
However, the best part of this weekend was Oct. 31 because we had an open practice and met many fans and boosters. The younger fans were so adorable (our future Colonials). We took them through a lay-up drill and Coach Moore treated them the same way he treated us - he told them they would have to run suicides for missed lay-ups. They looked so scared until we told them he was kidding. We couldn't keep from laughing because their facial expressions were priceless. After the drills we met more fans and answered any questions they had. One of our fans asked us, "What is a typical day for you?" Kay-Kay Allums told her that our days were so busy we barely had time to sleep - which is only true some of the time. I also met some of GW's most loyal women's basketball boosters as well - they were so nice and told me they have been fans for the past 20 years. Also, let's not forget that Oct. 31 is Halloween and I saw some original costumes - like one girl who dressed up as the McDonald's drive thru and dancers from the show America's Best Dance Crew (aka my teammates Tara, Sara, Brooke, and Kay-Kay). They had an exclusive dance off. The first group was Kay-Kay and Brooke and the second group was Tara and Sara. If I had to pick a winner, it would be Tara and Sara because they actually choreographed their moves. Sara had her own solo performance - you should have seen her dance moves. Oh what a fun night! There's never any dull moments on this team.
Talk to you again soon,
Ivy Abiona, Oct. 26, 2009
I'm back and excited to tell you everything that has been going on since our last entry. We just finished our first full week of practice and let me tell you, the Colonials are back!. It was a slow start with everyone getting used to practice-mode, which is very different from preseason workouts and conditioning. Now we are beginning to implement different drills, more intensity, more systematic breakdowns and installing and executing plays. We are really starting to get into the nitty-gritty of things and it looks great. I love watching the freshmen adapt to the new, high-level learning and fast-paced action of collegiate basketball. You can really see those wheels turning in their heads! Although we started slow, things are beginning to get picked-up and becoming more efficient.
Friday (10/23) was Kay-Kay Allums' 20th birthday so the whole team went to the movies and watched Saw IV. Personally, I am not a fan of scary/horror movies, so my perspective may be a little bit biased, but it was too gory and gross. I think I had my eyes squeezed tight for about 98 percent of the movie...anything for a teammate I guess. That evening, some of my teammates and I attended the GW women's volleyball game versus Xavier. What a game, what a game!!! We won in dramatic fashion of course, winning three out of the five games. Xavier won the fourth game pretty handily and I was getting a little scared, but the great thing about GW Athletics is that you can always count on your fellow student-athletes to attend your game and help you out. The Xavier men's soccer team came to watch the game (since they played our men's team earlier that day... and our guy's won of course! Congrats Men's Soccer!!!) and was doing a pretty good job heckling our team. Damian Hollis from the men's basketball team gathered all of the fellow GW student-athletes in the Smith Center and for the rest of the game we all cheered and roared for GW. People were yelling, cheering, shouting, stomping...anything and everything to give our team that extra boost. I think they heard the support because they won. The men's basketball team rushed the court - it was a pretty amazing sight to see and be apart of. It was probably the first of many great, classic victories to come in the newly renovated Smith Center.
Finally, to round out the weekend we co-hosted the first "GW THINKS PINK" event at the women's soccer game along with the GW women's soccer team. If you have or haven't heard I'll tell you anyway -- all of the GW teams (specifically the women's teams) are getting together and doing a "GW THINKS PINK" fundraiser for breast cancer research. Everything from T-shirts, wristbands and ribbons -- all pink and all for breast cancer research. If you're looking to help support, check out the GW Thinks Pink logo on GWsports.com -- all donations are greatly appreciated! In the first "GW Thinks Pink" event of the season we helped raise over $400.00, which is awesome! That wasn't the only success story going on at Mount Vernon though because the women's soccer team beat Duquesne, 1-0. The goal was scored by senior Brittany Eger and must have been a very special goal for her, since it was also Senior Day. Congrats to women's soccer and the honored seniors!
I know - long-winded and very lengthy, but did you expect anything less? So many great things are happening on GW's campus that it's impossible not to get excited. Until next time...
Megan Nipe, Oct. 26, 2009
Well, we are on our second week of practice. It was evident to see after the first day that practices at the Division 1 level are nothing like last year's high school practices, but my body is starting to get used to the workouts and I don't get as sore as I used to. We have put in a lot of our offensive plays and started our defenses. Personally, it was confusing to me at first because I still had all of my high school plays in my head and within the first week we had added around 16 new plays. I'm starting to get the hang of Coach Bozeman's game plan though. Also, I'm excited to see how everyone on the team plays together and how encouraging we all are. I've never been on a team where everyone is so supportive of one another. This Saturday, we have an open practice and a question and answer session after. I've never done that before so I'm anxious to see how that goes.
This past weekend we volunteered at the GW women's soccer game to raise money for breast cancer research. It's great to see people willing to donate money for a great cause. Along with that, it was beautiful outside and we got to watch the women's soccer team win their game. It was a great weekend and the team got to spend some time together outside of the gym, which is always nice.
Anyway...time for practice! Hope you all had a great weekend as well!
The Season is Practically Here
What can I say? Time sure does fly. The season is practically here already, I am so excited. Preseason has been going very well. This is our last week before we get into the full swing of things. Aside from basketball the team has been bonding off the court as well. This past weekend we went to the Cheesecake Factory (I love that place) to celebrate the October birthdays....Tara Booker (October 11), Megan Nipe (October 13), and Kay-Kay Allums (October 23). We had so much fun and I love my teammates, but the best part of the night happened when my brother came to surprise me at dinner. He goes to Tarleton State in Texas and I haven't seen him in two months. I wasn't expecting to see him until Christmas so when I saw him you can only imagine how excited I was.
The conclusion of this past weekend included volunteering at the DC Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday afternoon. We had a lot of fun meeting people and congratulated them on their walk. The walk took place Friday, Saturday and Sunday and for about 20 miles each day. What a great way to exercise and support a great cause. Volunteering at the walk was a great way to meet wonderful people who had won their battle with breast cancer or were affected in other ways. The walk raised money for Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust Breast Cancer Fund. We were glad to have the opportunity to help in any way we could since some of my teammates and coaches have known people who have battled with cancer.
P.S. On another note, as the season approaches we want to invite you to come to Colonials Invasion on October 16 to help us start the season off right. Doors open at 7. Come out and join us for a fun night.
Talk to you soon,
Ivy Abiona, Oct. 5, 2009
Hey there again,
Since I last wrote a lot of things have happened, but definitely all great things!!! Well, first I'll talk about workouts. Workous - conditioning, weights, and individuals - are going great. A lot of learning, preparing, and lots of getting used to college basketball and to each other. It's definitely been amazing watching the freshmen grow in a short amount of time. Not only are we finally settled with basketball and workouts, but school has finally gotten less busy, but still a little hectic at times.
More GW Women's Basketball news - we recently took our team and individual photos (if you haven't seen them, check our web site - our team looks good!). Also, this past Thursday we did mini video shoots and funny video clips for Colonials Invasion. It's a first for GW Women's Basketball, so I hope it turns out well. I had the chance to sit in on a couple of my teammate's shoots and they were definitely funny and reflects some of their personalities. Another first is that we will be putting on a little show during Colonials Invasion. It's definitely different from past years, in which we did drills displaying our athleticism and shooting. I won't say exactly what we are doing, but it's going to be funny and just show some of the team's personality! This year's Colonials Invasion is during Parent's Weekend, which I think is awesome. Ahhhh, I can't wait for Colonials Invasion this year! October 16th, be sure to save the date!!!
This past Friday, October 2, the GW Women's Volleyball team had the distinct honor of playing the first contest in newly renovated Smith Center. They looked amazing playing on the court. It was their first home game and there were so many fans, including a lot of fellow athletes. It was cool to see other athletes supporting their peers! If you haven't had the chance to watch our women's volleyball team you really should - I think they're going to do great things this year!!!. They played Rhode Island Friday night and let me tell you they showed their dominance! They won 3-0 - the first two games were won pretty handily, but the final game was a nail-biter. It went all the way to 28-26, but all that matters is that it's another GW win! Congrats girls! That's pretty much all of the "happenings" since Megan's blog. As always, I hope you enjoyed reading and until next time...
Megan Nipe, Sept. 29, 2009
My name is Megan Nipe and I'm a freshman on the GW women's basketball team. I came here from Minnesota, have played basketball since second grade and have been on pretty successful teams my whole career. I'm very excited to have the opportunity to play here at GW!
At this time in the year, we are in preseason workouts. This consists of lifting weights, conditioning on the court and in the pool, and having individual workouts. We are putting in work now so that when the season comes, we will be ready for the real work. Not having to work on our physical conditioning once practice starts leaves our team a lot of opportunity to get other things done. It's challenging physically, but even more so mentally. Having to push yourself every day and go your hardest even when no one is watching is what is necessary to be part of a championship team. We are in the fourth week of workouts and I think by now I have the hang of things. However, in a little over two weeks, real practices begin. I'm sure it will be a whole new ball game when that time comes.
Academics wise, things are going pretty well. I always love learning new things no matter where I am. However, I had the advantage of being on campus for summer school, so I don't have to get my feel for the campus and classes like all the other freshmen. I already have most of it down.
These next few weeks will bring on new challenges and new experiences that will help me grow in all aspects of life. I will have to find ways to overcome the hard times and enjoy the good ones, and I'll keep you all updated on how it goes for me.
Till next time...
One Day At A Time
Everything is coming together nicely. The team is building great chemistry. We have completed two weeks of conditioning and we are looking good, everyone is pushing themselves to get better, which is good for the season we have ahead of us. Our schedule came out this past week and once again our coaching staff has put together a very competitive schedule. We will be playing 13 home games in the newly renovated Smith Center. The gym looks AMAZING and so does our locker room. Basically, I like all the changes they have made thus far and I'm sure our fans will too.
As far as our home schedule goes, we play Coppin State, Rutgers, Western Kentucky, Rice, Marshall and Mount St. Mary's before entering conference play. The away games include Auburn, Tennessee, Ohio, George Mason and Villanova to name just a few. I think the most anticipated trip of the season, at least for the players, is to Freeport, Bahamas for the Junkanoo Jam. I don't think I have to explain why we can't wait to go there during our Thanksgiving break. No worries, we do know that we are there to play basketball, but this is an opportunity of a lifetime. However, we still have to get through preseason workouts first, so I do not want to get ahead of myself and lose focus on the preparation part of the season.
Also, school is still going well. My professors are nice and classes are interesting. I am a business major so I can actually follow what is going on in the economy. Yes, I am excited. I am sure you know the feeling of something important happening and having the ability to explain what is going on. That is pretty cool, don't you agree? Yes, I know you do.
Well that's all until next time.
Ivy Abiona, Sept. 14, 2009
Phew! What a crazy and hectic first two weeks of being back on campus it has been. Everything from classes, catching up with friends, different student organizations and getting back into basketball, I've been a very busy person. So if I feel like I'm running around like a crazy person, I can only imagine how our freshmen are feeling. But to tell you the truth, they are adjusting very well. They are a very focused and motivated group, which makes it very easy and also enjoyable to watch them play. They are eager to learn which is also a pleasure. Speaking of learning, this past week the team returned to the court for our preseason workouts. Although tough and challenging, everyone completed the workouts and did well.
Even though it's very early, we are really starting to come together as a team. Everyone's getting along and laughing, so when we hang out it very easy, almost natural, to enjoy each other's company. For instance, this past weekend we traveled to Silver Spring to eat dinner at Red Lobster and take in a movie at the Majestic. Dinner was delicious and the movie (I Can Do Bad All By Myself - part of Tyler Perry's Madea series) was good and very funny.
Also, my good friend Laura Dominiak (who plays on the GW women's lacrosse team) and I spent part of Sunday afternoon in Georgetown. We enjoyed some cupcakes from the popular eatery Georgetown Cupcake. The cupcakes (yes, plural) were delicious!
Lastly, I know that everyone wants to hear about the Smith Center Renovations!!!!! The Smith Center has definitely come a long way since last spring and it looks amazing! I think that a lot of fans are going to be surprised and happy about the transformation. I know that I am especially excited about the new training room. It is up and running and looks great. I can't wait to start practicing on the new floor and getting used to the new court and lighting... I'm definitely ready for the season to start!
Well, that's really all I have to say. Hope you enjoyed reading. Catch ya later.
It Wasn't So Bad
Today was the first day back to school...I AM OFFICIALLY A SOPHOMORE. It's a bittersweet feeling. Summer was so fun - from the workouts, to the cruises and hanging with friends - but now it's back to work. One of the main reasons I wanted school to hurry up and start was because I missed my teammates, as if I didn't spend enough time with them last year. I thought I needed a break from them, but I was wrong. They keep me laughing. I actually missed the school work too....ask me that again in the middle of the semester and I may have a different answer. In the back of my mind I thought today was going to be like the first day of my freshmen year. And to a certain extent it was the same because of the anticipation of coming to school. But unlike last year, I knew what to expect this year. I actually knew where my classes were - well, at least I thought I did. I have to admit, I did get lost today. Overall, I felt more calm and relaxed because I did this before and each time it seems to get a little easier. I am a pro at this now...well, maybe not since I did get lost, but close enough and the professors were really nice and down to earth.
Truthfully, the best part of coming back to school means we are closer to the season. Like everything in life, it is going to be a work in progress....we want to accomplish so much. The season can't come fast enough, but until then I'll keep you posted on all the preseason conditioning....I know so much FUN...but as Michael Jordan said, "Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen." So we are going to make it happen, we will be ready when the season comes.
Talk to you soon, Tiana - #5.