A blog by Carol Owens for July 14



July 14, 2009

Hello Huskies,

This will be my last blog before we leave for Bangkok Friday. Well what can I say? Practice has been interesting, challenging and rewarding all at the same time. We have had some very good sessions and some not so good sessions. The group of guys that we use to scrimmage against are pretty good and are definitely preparing us for the tough competition we will face at the World Championships. Although we are not where I want the team to be right now, I am confident we will get there before that first game.

Besides practice and film, we have been eating at some very nice places and taking time to get to know each other better. I have especially enjoyed the opportunity to get out into nature and walk amongst the very friendly wildlife. Okay, that is a little bit of an exaggeration because although I do enjoy a nice walk, I am really a city girl at heart. With that being said, I had an encounter with Bambi and a few other friendly critters on a trail walk with Coach Butler.

I was amazed at how calm and relaxed the deer were. They were just looking at us like, "Hey, how you doin?" They did not seem to care that we were walking by them and just kept on grazing away. I was trying to pretend not to be a little freaked out and was just secretly hoping that Bambi didn't decide to buck up and come after me. After seeing a few more deer, I realized that they could have cared less about us and I began to feel better. That was until a little snake ran across Coach Butler's foot and scared the both of us. At that point I had enough of the nature trail and wanted to head back to the hotel. Mother Nature had the same idea in mind as it began to thunder and rain. We ran back to the car and escaped getting soaked. Wow, what a walk!

My goal over the next two days is to get the team to understand what they are going to be facing in Bangkok and who they are representing. Everyday we remind them that this is an amazing opportunity and we have the chance to show the rest of the world what USA Basketball is all about. I am thankful everyday for those that selected me to do this and will do my best to represent our country and NIU.

Take care and please say a prayer for me as we embark on our 18 hour flight!

"Think Gold" and Go Huskies!



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