January 18, 2011
Good day everyone,
I know it has been forever since I wrote a blog, but we're back. I hope everyone is blessed, living well and is in good health also. Time is flying and this is the last semester of the school year and perhaps the last semester for some people before they graduate, including myself. Not only is time flying, but these games are flying by even faster. Matter of fact, some of these games we've lost, I like to say, we just ran out of time. We're now 0-6 in the conference and half of those games we lost, were only by 1 possession. That is where hope lies...In that one possession: whether it is defense, offense, or even free throws. I know you might be asking questions like, what's going on, how are we still functioning or if the team has given up? Well all we know is that we play two more conference teams to finish the first half and still have another half of conference play left. The team, along with the coaches, continues to work hard daily and that's all you can really ask for. There is quite a chance and plus, with God, all things are possible.
It's easy for everyone to remain loyal and faithful when you're winning, but what happens when you're losing and facing adversity? We are not a perfect team. We have our flaws, disagreements, and differences like any other team. At the end of the day it's the reactions, decisions, and how you learn from those things. We have to continue to encourage one another and keep fighting until each last buzzer. I'm still just excited as I was at the beginning till now... Why, because God is the same today as He was yesterday. Nothing changes... Like we started to do yesterday in practice, it is just back to the basics. Thank you to those who continue to support us on our journey. Keep watching or you just might miss something amazing!! :-)
Till next time folks, stay up, and be blessed!
December 16, 2010
So I know it has been a little while since I've wrote a blog. Sorry for keeping you all out the action. Hope everyone well, live, and blessed. Miami has been freezing for no reason, so I had to pull out the long johns a couple of times. I guess it's that time of the year so make sure you all stay warm. It has been a long, but yet, short semester and I hope everyone did superb on their final exams. Well to get right to it, since dropping the first two regular season games, we've one four out of the last five. The lost was to Tampa, who is in our conference, but we look forward to seeing them again down the road. We thank all who came out and showed their support for those games.
In practice, it has been a constant grind everyday because of the competition from every position on the floor. We love to see someone break down the defense then make a good pass or even our big post going up strong and finishing. It kind of shifts the momentum and the adrenaline starts flowing. No practice should be the same anyway and I'm not talking about coach's structure or plan. I'm talking about what you make of it and the outcome of each day, which should be better than the last one. Oh yea, shout out to Anisa who learned how to chop and screw the game film to make it easier for us to watch! (Oh..The simple things in life)
So anyway, before we all leave for Christmas break, we play one more game versus Franklin-Pierce on Sat. Dec. 18th at 7 p.m. They're coming in ranked 10th in the nation so it should be a good match up. We also have a tournament at Lynn University on the 29th and 30th as well. If anyone is near or still in town please come out and show your support.
So as we know, the winter holidays are around the corner and I love this season of giving. It does not have to be tangible but the gift of love is the greatest. May everyone be safe, have fun, enjoy family, and have a blessed and more blessed holiday. Smile for someone today, to give hope for them tomorrow.
Also, congratulations to everyone who is graduating this Saturday as well. May God continue to lead and guide you all through your journey. Never lose hope and never lose faith in all that you do!
Happy Holidays everyone!!
November 19, 2010
So it's been almost a week since we've been back from our tip-off weekend in Alabama and Georgia. We lost the first game to West Alabama by 8 and the second game to Columbus State by 3, but it was truly a learning experience. Who would have thought that I would be the one to leave my backpack in the locker room, which contained my license? It wasn't until we got to the airport that I realized I didn't have it. I guess it was too early and the brain wasn't functioning quite ye,t but it wasn't a good move. I thank God for the favor that He showed me because I was still allowed to board the plane leaving and returning home. Like they say though, "Favor isn't fair." I just had to hear my teammates and Coach Paradise asking, "Kisa, do you have your bag?" the rest of the time we were on the trip. We hit three states in one day. We flew into Georgia, drove to Alabama, and since our hotel was in the middle of nowhere, we had to drive to Mississippi to get something to eat. Adrienne, who is from Alabama, was able to play in front of her family, in her last season, so I know that was exciting for her. As we were heading to Georgia, Shanna's parents who met up with us in Alabama, hit a deer as it was crossing the highway, but Shanna's dad claimed that he didn't hit the deer, but it was more like the deer hit him! (LOL)
Anyway, for the last couple days, we've been back on the hardwood and back to the books. It's getting towards the end of the semester, so that means crunch time for a lot of us. We've also watched some film on the games we lost, which is important to tighten up the pieces of our puzzle while it's still early. That is the great thing about these games. Yes we lost, but you can always find good in everything. It is a guarantee that we will be a different team in another month or so and if we play those teams again there would be improvement. Like Coach Sulli says, "it's the little things that make the big difference." We just have to remain focused though. There is so much more to gain than to lose. We're still a new team and anyone can count us out now, but I'm still placing my bet on us and no, I'm not actually betting. I don't need anyone making reports to the NCAA. (LOL) Matter of fact, a song by one of favorite artists named Mouthpi3ce, sums it all up by saying "I bet it on Jesus." You just have to trust in Him like that for everything. Including, trusting in Him with your gifts and abilities, because He gave them to you.
We play this Friday evening and Saturday afternoon at Nova University. This is the time to be better then the last game; grow from the past, instead of drown in it. As Shanna would like to say, "Let's get it!!" We have a bunch of hidden talents on our team so look out for our theme song as well. (Coming to a city near you) But back to the books I go, so deuces folks. Till next time stay blessed!
Also, we ask for everyone's prayers for Coach Samantha Paradise, who lost a family member this past week. Our hearts and condolences go out to her and her family in this time of need.
November 9, 2010What's up world?
It's about 8 a.m. on this blessed morning, just finished brushing my teeth, and now I'm on my laptop, typing my life away. (Literally) First off, I have to thank God for waking me up this morning and allowing me to have the ability to live, breathe, and move. Can't thank Him enough for who He is and all He is doing. Since this is my first but far from last blog, let me introduce myself. My name is Kisa Duncan. I am a senior on the women's basketball team. I am 1 out of 9 returners and I'm coming into my last season playing with the Bucs. I must say, it flies by, but I am super excited for this season, which should be a fun and fulfilling year.
We are coming off a thrilling season, which I say, put Barry on the map. To sum it up, we finished the season with a 21-10 record, reached the conference championship game, and made history with the men's team by making it to the NCAA tournament in Arkansas. Even though we fell short in the championship game and lost in the first round of the tournament, it was truly a experience that should carry on to this season. We lost some key players from last year, including Mariesa Greene, who is now playing overseas in Switzy (Switzerland). Also, the leadership added by Christina Thompson and Tara O'Malley will be missed, but the torched must be passed and it is a new season and a new day. We've gone through a makeover with 7 new players alongside with 2 new assistant coaches. Coach Bro who was here 3 years ago and Coach Paradise, who I would say needs to chill off the espressos. (We still love you, though.)
Anyway, after a grueling pre-season, I can say we made it through. From individual workouts with the coaches, to Wayne "Mr. Pain" workouts, open gym, and the unexpected ladder run in the morning, it's a must that we say, thank God! Preseason was all about getting acquainted with each other and really creating a bond. That was no problem with the characters that we have on this team. I could write a book if I went through everyone on the roster! We also did some volunteer service for the Miami Rescue Mission, where we fed the homeless. It was a blessing to give back to those who were less fortunate than us. That is also where we found out that Katie (Arnold) can sleep anywhere, including standing up!
We've been practicing for almost a month now and have played in 3 exhibition games, and we've improved in each game thus far. After Coach put in the tactic of making us run in practice for every miss block out on a shot, you would hope there was improvement as well. We're not a big squad in relating to size, but don't let that fool you; there are a lot of big hearts running around on the court. In our first team meeting, we really wanted to emphasize the importance of us respecting and loving one another. We all are leaders and no one is inferior to anyone. We must challenge each other to higher marks, refusing to let anyone fall or get left behind. Everyday must and should be better than the last one. God holds all things together, so no matter what it looks like, through the ups and downs, which every team goes through, we can trust in Him, to keep us on one accord.
Saturday is when the real show starts though. We are flying out for our first regular season game in Livingston, Alabama and then we head to Georgia for our next one against Columbus State on Sunday. We were polled 7th in our conference but this is where I say the rankings don't mean anything! We have to want it for ourselves, going past the doubts, past the expectations of others, and remaining on a level that we know is attainable. That's exactly what it's going to take. I have to get started on some work now, but until next time, "Stay up," being unshakable and unmovable!