Going Nowhere But Up

Jan. 24, 2001

TEMPE, Ariz. - After riding the win-loss roller coaster for several games we finally got two in a row, and more impressively on the road which is something the program hasn't done in over twenty years in Southern California. A road sweep, along with Oregon losing to Washington State and UCLA beating our interstate rival Arizona, puts us in a good place in the PAC-10 standings going into this Saturdays game. One of the keys to our recent success has been unselfish play and distribution in our offensive attack, with the bench getting notable recognition for their efforts this weekend from Coach Turner-Thorne. Although Brett Leonard has yet to start a game this year, she deserves recognition for both her aggressive play and leadership finishing both games this weekend with clutch performances.

With the teams success comes a lot of individual recognition, but as Amanda Levens, PAC-10 player of the week, knows awards like this are few and far between unless your team is winning. With the attention the program is receiving there has been a natural increase of pride, as we continuing playing more and more for what's on the front of our jerseys, instead of what's on the back.

Togetherness is a common theme you hear from inside our huddles, and it becomes even more important as the games continue to get more and more intense at home and on the road. One of the great things about winning on the road is we get dessert after the game. However childish this bribe may seem, it's funny how a common goal can give us that edge we need to come together on the road. And as the Pac-10 is a conference that has always proved very up and down where anyone can win every game, it can come down to the littlest of things.

With spirits high and an upward momentum, the ASU vs. U of A game should be one of great emotion, and when emotion is high in an interstate rival game anything can happen. Once again it will come down to doing the little things, and pride of who we are and who we're representing. We will not stop until we reach the top and have the ability to look back and say - WE TOOK CARE OF BUSINESS TOGETHER!

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