I’m flying to the Pacific Northwest today, but … it will sound as if I am in the studio in Overland Park, Kan., with Brenda Van Lengen doing the “She’s Got Game” show this afternoon. Hmmm ….
Either I have a doppelganger, or we recorded the show Thursday. I’ll let you decide which.
It’s been a while, actually, since I’ve been in Seattle. My last trip there, in fact, was in 2005 for an NCAA women’s basketball tournament first- and second-round site hosted by the University of Washington. Kansas State lost for the third consecutive time in the second round that year, this time to Vanderbilt.
There were some extenuating circumstances, as senior starter Megan Mahoney – who had not missed a game previously in her K-State career – was out for her final NCAA tournament after tearing her Achilles’ tendon in the Big 12 championship game against Baylor.
I always think back to that year as being such a brutal example of how a team/player can go from flying sky-high to crashing in such a short period of time. The Wildcats had rallied from a 17-0 deficit to start their Big 12 semifinal against Texas to advance to the title game. Mahoney and her teammates were jubilant the next day watching a replay of that game.
But then near the end of the final, she crumpled to the floor … and her college career was over. It was a tough, tough way to end her days as a Wildcat. Kendra Wecker played one of the best games of her career in the second-round against Vandy to try to get the Wildcats to the Sweet 16, but it wasn’t to be.
Anyway, there will be another K-State Wildcat in action in Seattle this weekend … Atlanta point guard Shalee Lehning. Interesting how the everything kind of connects together, isn’t it?