Heise: Black Bears readying for postseason tournament

Isn’t it crazy to think that we only have two more games left before it is time to head to the conference tournament in Binghamton? Time is running out and there is not much we can do to slow it down. All we can do is enjoy every second of this journey. Take it all in and make those last few weeks as memorable as possible.

Talking about making memories, how about the game against Albany a week ago? It was probably one of the best games I have ever been a part of. The mindset and approach we went into the game with was inspiring and I am so grateful that I was a part of it.

We are a team that struggles quite often with believing in ourselves, especially when it comes to playing really good teams.

Albany is without question one of those really good teams. We lost to them by five the first time we met. Prior to the game we talked about the areas where we have to improve. Coach Barron came up with a game plan and assured us that if we followed it, we would be successful.

It was a really good game for us. We felt in control over the entire 40 minutes. We stuck to the game plan. We executed on both ends of the floor and doing so resulted in a 65-53 win over Albany.

Another big key for this success were the fans. More than 3,200 people in the stands might be a new record for this season. The atmosphere was simply amazing and those are the kind of memories we all will remember for a lifetime. I know my whole team is so grateful for all the support we receive on a daily basis. Keep being awesome Black Bear Nation.

After the game against Albany, our next game wasn’t before the next Saturday. Coach gave us a couple days off, which was a good opportunity to recharge and refocus. The win against Albany was huge, but to get a share of the conference champion title we still needed three more wins — Stony Brook, Hartford and Binghamton.

Our game against Stony Brook was scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. Stony Brook is always a tough opponent. We got away with a win on our home court a few weeks ago. We weren’t playing very well, but luckily we learned a lesson, without losing a game.

We knew some of the areas we had to do better in and we were ready to keep our winning streak rolling. While the first half was a little slow, we did much better in the second half and got the win. Sigi Koizar scored 30 points and was once again the player of the game. I don’t even have words anymore to describe her. She is outstanding and it almost seems like she is getting better every single game.

After the win it was time for the seven-hour bus ride home. A trip to Stony Brook always includes taking the ferry.

The win is great, but the memory I will remember years from now is the whole team together on the ferry watching the sunset. Laughing together, simply enjoying each other’s company. Moments like this are what I am most grateful for.

It is hard not to smile thinking about this team. There is no group I would rather make lifetime memories with and the best is yet to come.

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