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Heise reflects on another successful week for women’s hoops

Delayed flights are something we are used to this season, which is why we weren’t even surprised when they told us on Friday that our flight to Washington D.C. wouldn’t be on time. Four hours later we were still sitting at the airport, doing homework, reading books and listening to music.

While everybody was extremely productive, I figured it would be a good time to reminisce a little bit about the past days. A lot of good things have happened.

It has been an extremely successful week for Sigi Koizar. She started off with winning the Dean Smith Award. The award is presented to the female student-athlete with outstanding academic and athletic achievement — two characteristics that couldn’t describe Sigi any better. Not only is she one of the best players I have ever shared the court with, she is also a tremendous student. English is her second language, and she is a biology student with a concentration in pre-med and she has an almost perfect GPA. That is impressive, to say the least.

After collecting this award, she was focused on another accomplishment — scoring her 1,000th career point. Koizar went into the game against Vermont with only needing four more points. I am not quite sure if she was actually aware of that, but that is just how Sigi is. Always putting the team first, and never really worried about her own success.

We got off to a really good start, before Vermont answered scoring five points in a row. It is moments like these when Sigi is constantly stepping up. She keeps us in the game with her energy, her defense and her ability to score at pretty much any time. She buried one of her three first quarter triples, which put her over the 1,000 mark. While everybody, including our bench went crazy, Sigi had a little smirk on her face, the only sign that she recognized what she just did — becoming only the eighth player to join the 1,000-point club in three seasons.

She ended the game with 21 points as we defeated Vermont by a score of 63-51 on Wednesday night. I think Sigi couldn’t have picked a better day to score her 1,000th point and we couldn’t have picked a better day to win, since it was Coach Barron’s birthday. What better birthday present than a win and having his point guard tally her 1,000th point. I think it was a pretty good day for him.

Not only was it a big day for Sigi, it was also a somewhat big day for Sophie and Mikaela, both scored their 650th career point. It was a day full of accomplishments.

For everybody who was at the game against Vermont, you probably remember Coach Barron asking about how many of you have been affected by cancer. I think we all know somebody. We all have been influenced by it somehow. Coach Barron has done a tremendous job in getting people to donate money. Please help us raise money to find a cure against cancer. Every amount can make a difference, no matter how big it is.

After the win on Wednesday we went right back into practices on Thursday, because our next game was scheduled for Saturday against UMBC.

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