Saturday was a very emotional day. The last four years really flew by. We all remember our first days as freshmen and suddenly we are seniors getting ready to graduate.
The game against Binghamton was important on so many different levels. Not only was it senior day, it was also our last regular season game and a win would mean to clinch at least a share of the America East Regular Season Title.
Before the bus took us to the gym at 11 a.m., Kirsten Johnson told us to be in the locker room at 10:30 a.m., because the underclassmen prepared a surprise for all the seniors. Our whole locker room was filled with balloons, quotes were everywhere you looked and every senior’s locker had posters and little gifts. It was such a nice gesture and it was really hard for us to hold it together. Not only did they decorate the locker room for us, they also put together a video that pretty much summarized our best memories over the last four years.
With all the pleasant distractions going on it was time to get focused. The game was only a few hours away and we had to get our minds right. Ten minutes before the game started, the senior recognition took place. Parents from Utah, Sweden, Germany, Kentucky and Finland walked out their daughters, while the whole gym was celebrating our time as Black Bears. It was an unforgettable moment.
We started the game off extremely slow. It seemed like we just couldn’t make a shot. We got a few good looks, but we just didn’t knock anything down. We started off with a 5-0 run, before Binghamton answered with six straight points. We started the second quarter tied at 9-9. We knew we had to pick it up, which meant we had to start the second quarter with a higher energy level.
We outscored Binghamton 18-5 in the second quarter. Bella Swan was outstanding, scoring six of her 10 points during this time. We were able to extend our lead after the half and won the game by a score of 69-37. Once again it was our defense that was the main reason we could secure the win. We held Binghamton to 37 points, which is a season-low defensive effort for us.
Undefeated at home during the 2015-2016 season. How amazing is that? Proof that our fans and the atmosphere we have at the Cross Insurance Center is simply unbeatable. With the win against Binghamton, we now have 24 regular season wins, which ties a Maine school record.
What better way to end your senior day than cutting down nets and celebrating a regular season championship? After we celebrated on the court, the Friend’s Group put together a little banquet. The seniors were able to introduce their families and friends and chat with the Friend’s Group. It was the perfect way to end a perfect day.