Shantay Legans Diary

Jan. 29, 2001

BERKELEY - Hey everybody. We got back from Washington with two road wins, and we sure feel good about that. First off, I want to say that the fans - more than 20 of them -- who came to watch the game really helped the team. Thanks a lot for showing up. It really is a hard trip, especially between Pullman and Seattle on that little 30-seat plane. Also, I would like to send peace and sympathy out to the players and families of the Oklahoma State basketball team for their losses.

As for the basketball, every game in the Pac-10 is a battle and nothing comes easy. The game against WSU was close and was a hard-fought win. I don t know anything about curses, but I do know that Lampley was huge. Joe Shipp also was big time for us with 15 points. That rebound Nick had when he tapped it back out to me late in overtime was key. We pulled it out at the end with some steals and iced it at the line. I like how we are playing at the end of tight games this year. Coach Braun did a good job of holding us together and keeping our heads in the game. Our defense came up big for us down the stretch.

As for Washington, they have some good guards in Curtis Allen and C.J. Massengale. Like Marcus Moore from WSU, they played well. The difference in this game was the big man play Lamp, Solomon and Nick. I had two fouls early and that is frustrating, but A.J. and Dennis really came up big when we needed them. It's all about team. Coach Braun really got on us in the second half to play harder. It's great to have a coach who knows when and how to get down and tell us what the deal is to get a win. One more time, let's hear it for the D! Execution! Execution! Execution!

We're tired and glad to be home. The team is looking forward to playing our best basketball against the LA schools. We've beaten them both before, and we believe we can come up with some big-time W s at home this week. Hope to see you all at Haas.

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