Big 12 Championship diary: Yvonne Anderson
March 13, 2009
Hey Longhorn fans,
Last night, we felt happiness and relief. We know we kinda stole one back, and we need to make sure it doesn't go to waste. It was poignant for us, because I think we all learned that we don't want to go through that again. It's not what we're about. We want to win straight out, and play that hard the whole time.
Hopefully, the way we won -- allowing defense to turn into offense -- really opened up all of our eyes. We've known how our pressure can affect teams, and maybe we did need to see a positive result from that again. More than anything, for us, it has to be attitude, that fight. That's when we are at our best. When we have that, we can play through any situation.
Last night was also cool for me, because my Dad (Missouri men's coach Mike Anderson) was able to be at our game for a little while. It was nice that he got to see a little bit. He has a team that he has to get prepared, and I understand that, but I enjoyed having him there. I have a lot of family down here, too, so I always love that.
Right now, we're focused on Iowa State, and hopefully playing three more games in three more days. You have to play all-out every game, and just rely on the training staff to get us better afterwards. We have ice baths and massages, so there's no excuse not to go all-out. We'll worry about our bodies afterwards. If you try to pace, you won't win.
Obviously, we did beat Iowa State at their place, so there's probably a revenge factor for them. I expect them to come out shots-firing. They're a shooting team anyway, and they'll want to establish their game early. We have confidence, too. We know we have beat them, and after going through last night, I think it boosted us -- we know what we need to do, and we're ready.