Jan. 8, 2013
This season, members of the Air Force women's basketball team will share some of their experiences at the Academy, both on and off the court. This week, freshman Lindsey Stimeling talks about the past few months of the regular season.
Life as an Air Force women's basketball player has been crazy these last few months. It all started with Thanksgiving break. Unfortunately we were not able to go home for the break but it made for great practice time. The posts had "Post Boot Camp"--after practice every day we had individual practices with Coach Yo where, as a group, we became stronger and more confident in our post play. We played Navy and Army so it was a full military weekend. For Thanksgiving, we went to Dymond's house where her mom cooked us a great meal, and we ended the night playing Pictionary. Even though we had to stay at the Academy over break, we became closer as a team and it translated to playing more together as a team on the court.
Christmas break was great. It was amazing seeing my family for the first time in six months. I hung out with my friends but I have come to realize that time spent with my family is priceless so I was with them as much as possible.
Then it was the big tournament in Iowa. We all met up in Iowa on Dec. 26. We had practice that night and practice the next two days to prepare to play Iowa State. Even though we lost, we put in a good effort against one of the top ranked schools in the nation. We played Penn the next day and were on a plane home to head back to the Academy. It was weird being at school while everyone else was gone still on break. The dorms were very quiet and as a freshman I was able to roam the halls freely.
Since we all did get a shorter break, we all banded together as a team and made the most of it. There is a huge difference in team chemistry from the beginning of the year to now. They are becoming more like my sisters than teammates and I think all of the freshmen feel the same way. It is nice knowing that I have people I can go to and talk to whenever needed. Since Recognition is coming up, it is nice to know that we have people on our side and rooting for us to make it through.