Happy holidays and Happy New Year! I had a wonderful Christmas, and it started in Tennessee. As I exited the elevator and headed toward the lobby to get on the bus for the game, I noticed a bunch of people crowded by the doors: It was my family! My parents and sisters drove all night from Texas to surprise me and support our team against Tennessee!
Winning in Thompson-Boling Arena is a very difficult thing to do, especially with coach Pat Summitt rallying the crowd ... but we did it! I am so proud of how far our team has come and how we respond to the challenges presented to us.
It was refreshing to be home in Cypress, Texas, for a few days and recharge for the rest of the season. I got some great presents, but the best gift of all can come soon ...
I cannot believe we have one nonconference game left! And it's the biggest game yet: No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 2 Connecticut. Last time, in Maples, the atmosphere was electric and we ended UConn's 90-game winning streak! We know this time we have a huge target on our back and will get the Huskies' A-game.
But again, I say: "Fear None." The first mistake you can make is expecting to win; I will urge our team to work to win. It is going to come down to who wants it most. And I sure as heck want this bad.
I'm all-in. Let's go, Stanny!