Periodically during the off-season, the returning Women's Basketball players will keep everyone up-to-date on their off-court activities, training and workouts and summer academic work and their general thoughts as they get ready to take to the court next fall.
First up: Freshman point guard Carla Cortijo, who just received a NCAA medical hardship waiver and will have four years of athletic eligibility remaining. She talks about her spring, final exams and what's ahead for the Horns.
To all of our great fans out there, I want to bring you up to date on what we are doing off-season.
Right now, it is time for spring final exams. I am getting ready for my finals and then, I am anxious to go home to Puerto Rico for a while to see my family. I am counting the days until I leave -- May 15 -- and then I will be home in the islands for a couple of weeks. Then, I am coming back to Austin by June 3 to work at our UT basketball camps. I will take summer school in the second session.
I cannot wait to go and hang out with my family and friends. I especially am looking forward to going to the beach -- Isla Verde. It's really famous -- the tourists go there, and that's where all the restaurants and clubs are. It's pretty cool!
I have two finals. On Friday, I finished my music (piano) final and I played -- are you ready for this? -- "Let it Be" by The Beatles. It went great! (I had to perform in front of the whole class -- play the piano and SING!) Next, I have my physical science final on Friday. I am not excited, but I had one week to prepare for it.
What I am REALLY excited about is the fact that I got a (medical waiver) redshirt because of my knee injury this year! Both Earnie (Earnesia Williams) and I have four years left to play -- and can be freshmen again! We can be freshmen with experience and help the four new players who are joining the team.
We want everyone to know that we are getting better and better. Spring workouts have been really intense. We've gotten so much better and stronger. The chemistry is really good!
For me, as I did rehab on my knee and then on my shins, I did a lot of weights with (assistant strength coach) Chris (Braden) and did rehab with Tina (Tina Bonci, co-director of UT's sports medicine program). My days were filled with weights with Chris, in the rehab pool with Tina, and then working on the court, doing lots of form shooting with Travis (Mays) and Kathy (Harston).
I really am feeling great, physically! I cannot wait to get back fully into practice with everyone. In think this summer I will be playing pickup again and getting ready for the season.
Right now, it is back to studying. Send us good luck for finals!
My other teammates will check in with you later on. Until then.