Memories of a lifetime

ASSOCIATED PRESS Seniors Alyssa Baron and Courtney Wilson embrace after loss.
ASSOCIATED PRESS Seniors Alyssa Baron and Courtney Wilson embrace after loss.
Posted: March 25, 2014

Yesterday, the Penn women's basketball team (22-7, 12-2 Ivy) made its first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in a decade, after winning this year's Ivy League championship. Senior Courtney Wilson and freshman Sydney Stipanovich wrote a daily diary for the Daily News throughout the team's run in the tournament, which ended yesterday with a 79-61 loss to fifth-seeded Texas.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Ever since we were little girls playing basketball just for fun, we all looked up to the women playing in the NCAA Tournament. They were our idols and who we aspired to be one day.

Yesterday at 3 p.m., we became those women.

Very few get this opportunity to play basketball at such a high level. Since the start of the season, our first goal was to win the Ivy League and to get the NCAA bid. Once we accomplished that, we set our sights on the game ahead.

Although the outcome was not how we pictured it, our team fought hard until the final buzzer. The overall experience was unforgettable and we will cherish it for the rest of our lives.

Our band and busloads of Penn fans made it down to Maryland to cheer us on. The environment was electric and we could not have asked for a better support system. It was not just for this one game, but for the entire season. We truly had a sixth man.

Our season may be done, and our seniors may have suited up for the last time, but once a member of the Quaker family, always a member of the Quaker family.

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