A hungry team can be dangerous

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Stanford fell to USC 72-68 in the semifinals of the Pac-12 tournament Saturday night.

A season can be full of highs and lows. Wins and losses. Triumphs and struggles. Valiant efforts that make you feel invincible. Sleepless nights replaying what you should have, would have, could have done.

In the world of competitive athletics, I do not know one athlete that has not envisioned themselves standing on the grand stage, confetti falling, hoisting up that elusive championship trophy.

I had a roller coaster of a week, from having my entire family at Senior Night (my last regular-season home game at Maples Pavilion) to going to Seattle and falling short against USC in the Pac-12 tournament. Even though that isn't the outcome I had hoped for entering the NCAA tournament, it is all about perspective. Every disappointment is a blessing.

My team has two choices: Either we make excuses for the outcome or we use it to fuel an NCAA tournament run. Obviously, I prefer the latter. We can use that minor setback to inspire a major comeback. Because right now, it is a race to six wins. I firmly believe that a team that is humble and hungry can be dangerous.

I have also tried to postpone the inevitable; my days wearing the Stanford uniform are numbered. Stanford University constantly asks its students to leave their legacy. What is my legacy? No matter the outcome of these next games, competing for Stanford has been the greatest privilege and learning experience of my life so far. Overall, I have learned that if you have a purpose and a passion, you can be unstoppable! This determination is not only found on the court -- be as competitive as you can be in all aspects of life. Learn from your lows so that it will propel you to new heights.