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2007-08 Women's Basketball Blog

Dec. 7, 2007

Hello Bronco Fans! My name is Jen Gottschalk and I have been selected to do the blog this year for women's basketball. I am very excited to have been selected because I am going to give you the inside scoop on this year's team every week!!! Since this is the first blog of the year I figure I should start from the beginning.

Pre-season actually went really well this year. We have 5 new faces on the team and they have all added their own new dimension. First of the freshman is Rhianna. Rhi is from Australia and if you get the chance to meet her you will notice that this is the first thing out of her mouth. She seems to think that being from Australia makes her different from the rest of us. A little bit of a better person I think. We try to keep her in line but whenever she opens her mouth and that cute little accent comes out, you can't help but do whatever she says. For a freshman she sure has a lot of power over the rest of us. But don't worry I am working on trying to not fall for her accent and keep her in line. I will update you in the next blog with how that's going.

Next is Becky. Becky is from Oregon and she has got to be the strongest person I have ever run in to... literally. I'm telling you, this girl is the strongest person I have ever played against. When we first started playing pick-up this summer (the freshmen came early to get a head start of school) I was running around and some how I ran into her and I am not lying, I got flattened. It was quiet embarrassing. But mostly it just REALLY hurt!! I've since recovered and have accepted Becky as one of my favorite people. I like to keep her around in case someone tries to pick a fight with me.

Next is Nicole. Nicole is from Idaho and like our former teammate Kasey, she is a bit crazy. We recently had an overnight team bonding trip to Half Moon Bay where we played games all night long. One thing you should know about our team, coaches included, we LOVE games. From the outside we might look a bit crazy, but for us it's just normal. Anyways, we were playing charades and when it was finally Nicole's turn she got up there and made one gesture and we all started shouting and yelling answers at her right away. She got so overwhelmed that her eyes about popped out of her head and her face froze in this very awful pose. I think we scared the willies out her. She couldn't say anything and instead just stood there looking scared to death!! I don't think she knew what she was getting herself in to. But let me tell you that Nicole has successfully transformed into one of us and we bring up that story and that face a lot whenever we need a good laugh!!!

Then we have Kathy. Kathy is from Vegas and like Rhi, we never hear the end of it. Everything that comes out of Kathy's mouth is about Vegas!!! I would have to say that is one of my favorite things about the freshmen this year... Kathy and her stories. Anytime anyone has a story, Kathy has one that tops it!! This girl has seen and heard everything! I love it. She has really fit in well with the team. Like the returnees, we love to laugh and Kathy is the best example of that. She always has a smile on her face and she will do anything to make everyone else feel as happy as she does. I truly love that about her.

And finally we have Kelly. Kelly recently broke her arm and that was a big bummer for the entire team. Kelly is one of the most athletic people I've come across and I have had a lot of fun playing her. She broke her arm at the end of the Boise State game and we thought she was going to have to have surgery and be out for the rest of the season. But we just got word that the break wasn't as bad as they originally thought and we are hoping she will be back with us very soon. It will be great to have her back!!

Everything else is going great thus far. Chandice, Tracey and I are very excited to have a great year for our last one. Our team gets along so well on and off the court, and I think we are headed in the right direction in having very successful season!! I can't wait!

I hope you all enjoyed the first blog, and stay tuned because there are many more to come!! O,h and for all the families of our players out there, it's finals week so don't take it personal if your daughters are ignoring your calls!

-JEN