Shantay Legans Diary
Jan. 16, 2001
BERKELEY - Here we are, already going into the third week of league. First off, I want to say the crowd was really cool this week at home - so loud the Ducks couldn't think. That's the way fans make the difference on the home court. The team loves the support, so thanks to the fans.
Time seems to be going so fast now, it's hard to keep the days straight. I measure my days and weeks according to the basketball schedule. Sunday mornings I'm already thinking about the games we are going to play in the coming week. This week, we go into the alien territory of Stanford and their loud, loud, loud fans. Last year, it was new to me and the other freshmen, so it was kind of a shock, but this year we know what to expect and will be able to stay focused and execute like the coaches want. The team expects to win and will be leaving it all on the court down in Palo Alto. We also have South Florida on Saturday - I don't know much about the team. I know the coaches will be letting us know what is up with them, but not until Thursday. We have our total focus on Stanford right now. It's going to be a battle, that's for sure.
This past week playing against Oregon and Oregon State, it felt like we've grown up some and are playing better than ever. There is a BIG difference between being a sophomore that is getting a clue and a freshman that thought he already had that clue. The coaches are teaching me a lot, and the biggest differences from last year are the experience, understanding what the coaches want and getting to know each teammate better.
One of my goals is to be able to just move my eyes or wiggle my eyebrows and have my teammates know what I'm going to do. The communication on the court and the completion of good plays is really satisfying to me. I would like to have one more year of playing with Lamp, but we all know he's moving on up to the really big time. He is one of the best players I have EVER played with.
The rest of us are improving each game as I think we showed in the Oregon game, more than in the OSU game. In the Oregon game, we brought it to them hard and intense on defense. I think our defense this year is what has made us a better team. With the new sets we have on offense, we are also changing things up to keep the other teams guessing. Oregon was a good test for us - we couldn't beat them at all last year and Thursday we played hard and showed our improvement.
The OSU game, I have to give credit to the Beavers - they had seven guys and played hard, but when a team is short like that, it takes a miracle to win. We played well enough to win - it wasn't as exciting as some other games, but the coaches did a good job keeping our heads in the game and keeping us focused on what needed to be done. Sometimes, I think it might be harder to coach those kinds of games. But the deal is, we are 11 and 4 and counting and every win counts.
Will get with you next week - here's looking at 2 W's this week - one at a time!