Evan Habeeb/US PresswireElena Delle Donne and her Blue Hen teammates face Kansas on Tuesday.
Yesterday was finally game day, which overall was a fun and exciting day. The nerves were high since this was our first time in the NCAA tournament, but Coach Martin helped lighten the mood by doing her little duck scene at the hotel.
We’re staying at the Peabody, which is known for twice-daily shows in which the Peabody ducks march from the hotel elevator to a red carpet and into the duck pond in the lobby. Coach Martin led the ducks after practice in front of a crowd of hotel guests and Blue Hens fans. It was a lot of fun.
Game time came, and I think we played really well together against Arkansas-Little Rock. We played as a team and played good defense, which is why we were so successful.
I met my great uncle who lives in Arkansas for the first time before the game. It was a crazy experience to see and meet him for the first time, especially since he looked a lot like my grandfather who passed away a few years ago. It meant a lot to have extra family in the stands, not just my parents, brother, and sister-in-law, but my Arkansas family as well.
Today, we were able to get a little bit of down time before heading off to practice. The team was really focused during practice this morning. We went light today and went through some plays in preparation for tomorrow. We focused a lot on what Kansas does and tried to figure out a game plan for tomorrow, so hopefully we can execute it to the best of our abilities. I definitely think the team is focused and ready to go for tomorrow.
After practice, we had the opportunity to visit Little Rock Central High School, which is where our country implemented integration for the first time during the civil rights movement. It was a fun thing to see. Basketball brings you to a lot of places, and it’s nice to visit places like that when you're away on these trips.
As always, "eyes forward," and we can't wait to take on our next challenge vs. Kansas tomorrow!