March 25, 2014

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind with the CAA Tournament and WNIT.

The CAA Tournament and banquet were both great experiences.  This was my second year going to the banquet.  It is so much fun getting dressed up with my teammates and looking nice because most people only see us in our basketball gear.

The games we play in the CAA Tournament are my favorite games of the year.  We know that every game is going to be close and we are going to have to battle until the end and that's exactly what we did.  We didn't blow any teams out to get the championship.  Both games against Northeastern and Charleston were down to the wire and we were fortunate enough to win both to make it back to the championship game.  Both years I have been here we have been in the championship game and it's just an incredible feeling.

Although we came up short, we now know what it's like to be so close and we will work to get back there next year and bring home a championship!

This past Thursday we traveled to Rutgers and played them in the WNIT.  Rutgers was a great team and we gave it all we had, but came up short. 

It was a disappointing end to the season, but we still accomplished a lot.  To come in second in the conference when everybody picked us fifth was a great accomplishment.  We really came together and proved people wrong, but we really couldn't have done it without our amazing fans.

I want to thank everyone for believing in us and supporting us through the good times and the not so good times.  My first season playing in front of you guys was one to remember and we plan on making next year even better!

Now that the season is over, it's time to catch up on classes and get some rest.  We have this week off from basketball and next week is our spring break.  Once we get back from spring break, we are going to start working again towards another championship.  When we get back to school we will start lifting, running and having individual workouts.

 


March 13, 2014

Hey!  The regular season has come to an end, which makes me sad because I wish we could just play all year round.  This team is so fun to be around as there is never a dull moment when all of us are together.  We lost to Northeastern to close out the regular season, but I'm glad we get another shot at them in the CAA Quarterfinals.

Tomorrow is the first day of the tournament for us and I'm anxious to play!  We have already proved a lot this year, but we are far from finished.

Last night was the CAA banquet and we all had so much fun.  Everyone was finally able to get out of their sweats and dress up.  It was such a nice change for an evening!  I was also so proud of Kelsey and Stephanie for their awards. 

Classes are going well this semester.  I'm starting to really get in to my major classes, which is really interesting, but they are great so far.

Hope to see you all in Upper Marlboro! Go Hens!

 


 

March 7, 2014

Hey Blue Hen Fans!

This is a rather bittersweet moment for me as this may be my last blog as a student-athlete here at the University of Delaware. Once a Blue Hen, always a Blue Hen though, and I cannot tell you what being here for the last four years has meant to me. The many of friends I have made here and not to mention the families I have adopted, the bonds are incomparable. Never have I ever been this close to a group of wonderful, talented and dedicated women. I will miss them so much.

Senior day had to be one of those moments in life when I was sadly happy. Being honored by my teammates, coaches, family, and most importantly by you, the fans, was very moving and will be one of my favorite moments ever. Just being there and seeing the pride on the faces of my biggest supporters, gave me so much joy. I say this with such humility, I love you all. Seeing everything that we have built together over the last four years humbles my heart and I will forever be grateful.

As we are drawing to a close, with CAA Championships this coming week, I really want to thank all the dedicated fans that came out to support us, it really means a lot to have you on our side, cheering us on. A lot of times we forget that "sixth player" and it would mean nothing without you all there.

We are second seed in the CAA, and while we're grateful, we want it all! Come out and support us as we try to take that CAA Championship home with us once again. I could not be more excited for my team. We have worked so hard and we hope to make you proud.

Thanks again for all the love and support, I really cannot thank you enough. You guys really mean so much to us.

Peace and Love.
Go Blue Hens!


March 1, 2014

Hello again Blue Hens fans!

Over the past two weeks or so things have been really hectic.  Starting February 16, we had games every other day!  Going back and forth between playing and practicing took a little getting use to since there weren't a few days in between to recover.  It took a lot of mental and physical preparation for the long game streak we had.

On February 16, we had our Pink Game, which is probably my favorite game of the year.  I love that we dedicate a game for Breast Cancer Awareness and I also enjoy getting to wear all of our pink gear!

Another game that I really looked forward to this year was our senior game.  Althought I am not a senior, I was excited for Kelsey and Akeema, who have both done so much for our program.  A few days before the game, the rest of the team got together and made scrapbooks for them as a way to remember our teams and the memories we have all shared.

Things have slowed down a bit and we are coming up on our last game of the season against Northeastern.  Looking back to the beginning of the season to where we are now, I'm happy with the progress our team has made.

We started the season on a mission to prove everybody wrong and do better than everybody thought we would do, and we have done just that.  However, we're not done yet!  In a few weeks, we'll be headed down to Maryland for the CAA Tournament and we're going with the goal of winning our third championship.

I hope to see everybody at the Show Place Arena cheering us on!

GO BLUE HENS!



February 24, 2014

Hello Blue Hen Family!
This season has been flying by so fast and it seems hard to believe that we only have two regular season games left! We just finished a long stretch of five games in 10 days.

Valentine’s Day weekend was a pretty exciting time for me because my family came down from Canada to watch our games! My family flew down from Newfoundland and my aunt, uncles and cousins made the 10-hour drive from Ontario to watch us play. I could hear them cheering during the games and it was so cool to look up and see them all in their Blue Hens shirts.  It was awesome to see everybody again and I loved spending time with them!

I also got to spend lots of time with my sister, Caroline, who just turned 11. This was great because we are so close! My Nan Sutton wasn’t able to come on this trip but she still tunes in to watch every single one of our games online from home and cheers for the Blue Hens!

I am just starting my third week of spring classes and the workload has definitely picked up. I am taking four pretty intense courses this semester including math, physics, computer science and my first mechanical engineering course, so I really have to stay on top of my studies and make sure I get my work done before and after practice and games. It’s crazy to think that next week I will have exams in some of my courses!

Just this past Sunday, we had our senior game, which honored our trainer Jess in addition to Kelsey and Akeema. It has been so awesome to play with them this past year and I have learned so much from them. They have been such a huge part of our team and have left a lasting impact on the program.

With only two conference games remaining, we have a lot of hard work ahead of us to prepare for these games. We went on a nice six-game win streak but after two close losses recently, we need to refocus and make sure we work hard to finish off the season on a high note.

It’s crazy to think that we played our last home game on Sunday but the support from the fans has been amazing. It’s been awesome to be able to meet so many new people at the games and to see that a lot of younger fans look up to the players on our team is amazing.
 
Thanks for all your support and Go Blue Hens!!!



February 17, 2014
Happy Valentine's Day Blue Hen family!!
As crazy as it seems we are just wrapping up winter session and starting our spring semester here at UD and what a busy start to the spring semester we have had here on the basketball team! 
Many of my teammates, including yours truly, did not take classes in the winter so we were able to focus solely on basketball and now are getting back in to the groove of balancing class, basketball and our other various commitments.
We did get a little bit of a break from classes Thursday thanks to all the snow that fell Wednesday night. My roommate and I took a quick trip outside to play around in the freshly fallen powder!
Unfortunately, our game against College of Charleston that was scheduled for Thursday night was pushed back to Friday afternoon but everything turned out alright as we played really well and got a great win.
Having a game on Valentine's Day was fun as roses were given out to our fans and YoUDee ran around asking people to be his valentine, including our very own Grace! She unfortunately had to break YoUDee's heart and give back the ENOURMOUS ring he gave her.
Being in conference season is so exciting not only because we are playing against teams that we know extremely well but also because many of our families are able to travel to the weekend games. I know I certainly have missed seeing my family and all their craziness (such as my sister deciding she'd be a cart-o-gator in Target!
Friday's game started a string of five games in 11 days, so we are making sure to do little things to keep our spirits up and our minds focused.
Sunday's game against Towson University was our pink game, which is always one of my favorite games. I love getting to raise awareness for breast cancer by wearing our pink shoes and uniforms and having a pink out!
I'm really excited for my classes this semester as I will be taking two classes with professors I had last semester and really enjoyed learning from and two classes with professors that teammates and friends have had and suggested I take. I am taking a nice blend of required major courses and non-major but still required courses that are really diverse (I'm taking the Oceans, Communications, and Nutrition) so it'll be an interesting spring.
Spring semester always flies by with the CAA tournament in March and spring break later on and I am sure that in no time at all we will be out of this snowy weather and enjoying some nice warm weather.
Hope you all are staying warm and as always, Go Blue Hens!
 
 

February 5, 2014
Hey Blue Hen fans!!!! February has been good to us so far and I have a feeling it will be a great month for the UD hoop squad.

I particularly love February because of black history month and breast cancer awareness month.  
This week we were very excited about our big win over Towson.  We had off on Monday, but we are now back to work to prepare for UNCW.
When we arrived in the locker room on Tuesday, we had a pleasant surprise as our pink game breast cancer awareness shoes were in our lockers!  Everybody loved them and we started practicing in them immediately so that we can break them in before our game on Feb. 16.
Tuesday was also a special day because we went to Oberle Elementary School to be a part of their school pep rally and get the kids excited for "I Love Reading" month.  We had shooting competitions where we were able to interact with the kids.  They were all so excited to have us there and it was truly a great experience. 
This week we have also gotten a chance to attend some of our men's basketball games at the Bob.  On Monday, it was a great experience to watch my friend, Devon Saddler, become the school's all-time leading scorer.  The crowd went crazy and it was awesome to be a part of Devon's big moment.
That's pretty much it for this week.  We are leaving Thursday to go to UNCW for our game on Friday --- keep your fingers crossed that we have better airport luck than we did heading to Charleston!

January 31, 2014
Hello Blue Hens!

Well, this past week was certainly eventful as we traveled to South Carolina to face the College of Charleston.  First, we arrived at the airport on Saturday and boarded a really small plane.  Poor Kelsey and Stef had to duck because their heads hit the ceiling! 
Since it was snowing, our plane had to go through de-icing which added some extra time onto our trip.  Finally, we were headed to the runway and eager to take off, but the pilot came over the loud speaker and said that there were some mechanical issues with the plane.  That meant we had to go back to the gate to fix the problem.  After about an hour and a half, we were able to return to the plane.  However, we had to go through de-icing all over again!  Our 1:45 flight didnt finally take off until almost 5:00.  We missed our connecting flight and had to spend the night near the Dulles airport.
The next morning, we woke up at 5 a.m. to fly out to Charleston.  After 24 hours of traveling, we finally had arrived!  We went to our hotel to get a good nap in before our game.
When we got to the game, there was no one to unlock our locker room, so we had to wait about 20 minutes until they found someone who could let us in.  It seemed as if nothing could go right with this trip!
However, at the end of the game our team realized that despite coming up just two points shy of beating Charleston, we showed fight and more importantly, heart.  While it was absolutely heartbreaking to fall short, it motivates our team to work even harder in practice for when we face them on February 13 home!
An upside of the trip for me was that my best friend, who goes to school in South Carolina, drove three hours and surprised me at the game!  It was so nice to see her and great to have a Blue Hens fan in the crowd considering how far we were from Delaware.
Overall, the trip was exhuasting and traveling could not have gone worse, but our team made the best of the situation and enjoyed the extra time we got to spend together.
My favorite part of the trip was having a dance party on the bus the night we were stranded in D.C.  While traveling wasn't so all that fun, we did make some great memories.
Hope to see everyone in the Bob for our upcoming home games! GO HENS!!!

 January 23, 2014
A couple weeks into conference play and the season is moving like it always does around this time. It's crazy how quickly it all feels. The first big trips we made were to W&M and JMU. As a Virginia girl, along with some other teammates of mine, we were super excited to drive by our towns and see familiar places.
It's also nice to return home to the BOB as now I see even more familiar faces there. Last week, as a team we went to the men's game after practice. I love going to their games with the team. We always have so much fun together. This week I got to see my ball girl and take a picture. She always passes the ball and smiles at me but it was so nice to to meet her outside of game time.

Akeema and I have been roommates on the road all season and it has meant so much to me to be able to share this experience with her. I would trust her with anything and love her so much. It was funny however the other day when she came over to my house one night. I was like "Akeema, we're only roommates on the road, not in real life!"  Ha ha! Even though we see each other so much it's always so much fun.

As teammates go I'm pretty much obsessed with mine. Except when it snows. LOL! We all have the world's smallest cars and it makes me soo nervous. This week we got a lot of snow and left the gym to a winter wonderland. The roads were really bad, but we were really hungry. We carpooled and everyone got home safety. I asked everyone to text when they got home and as everyone responded I realized how glad I was for them and that they all made it home.

We had some fun in the snow too haha. Campus is beautiful when it snows and I'm constantly reminded why I choose Delaware.



 
 

December 10, 2013
Hi Blue Hen family! I hope you are all having a joyful holiday season. This is my favorite time of the year by far! But between finals and basketball, we’ve all been really busy.
Our team just got back from Orlando, Florida, where we played a Thanksgiving tournament at UCF. The trip was amazing! We left Wednesday afternoon, and spent about five days enjoying the warm Florida sun. The highlight of the trip was definitely Thanksgiving dinner at Stephanie’s aunt’s house. After a quick practice on Thursday morning, we all got dressed up, piled in the bus and drove about 45 minutes to Stef’s family’s house which was right on a lake outside Orlando. It was beautiful! We had fun dressing up and taking pictures, as it’s rare for us to see each other in anything other than basketball clothes. Stef’s family had the meal catered and it was delicious!
On Friday we had some down time before practice to study and after practice we took the bus to Downtown Disney to shop and walk around for a while. It was exciting to get a taste of Disney magic while we were in Orlando, even if it was only for a little while!
Saturday and Sunday were our game days and after beating both SIUE and Howard we came back to campus Sunday night buzzing from a great trip and two wins.
Since coming back, time has been a blur! Everyone has been crazy preparing for finals, and we’ve been going really hard in practice, since we had about two weeks off from games after Florida during finals week. We travel to Princeton this weekend and even though it’ll be a tough game, I know we are all incredibly excited to play our hearts out and hopefully get another W!
Happy Holidays!
 
 
November 28, 2013

The Blue Hens are spending Thanksgiving this season in Orlando, Fla. while prepping for the 2013 UCF Thanksgiving Classic. The Hens share what they are thankful for in addition to giving a shoutout to family and friends.


 
 
 
November 14, 2013
 
Hello again Blue Hens fans!
 
As you all know, the season has just begun and I hope you’re all just as excited as I am!
 
Right before the start of our season, we had our Hens Hoopla.  I had so much fun at last year’s event and I was really looking forward to it again.  I had a great time watching and participating in the different activities and even got to meet a few fans.
 
Last Friday was our first away game of the season against Rhode Island.  Since it was our first game of the season, I was both excited and nervous.  Winning the game was such a great feeling, especially since we were on the road.
 
Tuesday night we had our second game and first home game against Temple.  We didn’t have as good of a game as we expected, which led to our first loss of the season, but we won’t stay down because of it.  Now we’re preparing for our next game against Wake Forest and we’re using the game against Temple as a learning experience to improve the things we did wrong so we can get better as the season goes on.
 
We’re still really early in the season, so we plan on learning from our mistakes and getting better as a team.  Although we are a young team, I am excited for the rest of the season and can’t wait to see how we do the rest of the year.
 
GO BLUE HENS!
 

November 1, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Jade Clark
Hey Blue Hen fans!! Things are really starting to pick up with the season starting and our first game just a week away.  We have had a closed scrimmage already and that went really well. 
On Tuesday night, we had our Halloween Hoopla, which was an amazing success and I really had a lot of fun.  It was great getting to meet all of the fans and letting them get a little preview of what our team has to offer.  While we weren’t able to dress up, we saw a ton of awesome costumes at the event.  (And so many cute kids!)
Away from basketball, school is also going well.  This past week was midterms for our classes – which means that the semester is already half over!  This also means that Thanksgiving is coming and then, my favorite holiday, CHRISTMAS!  The time is flying by and I am enjoying every minute!
 As you probably already know, our first game is next Friday at the University of Rhode Island.  We then come home to the Bob to play Temple on November 12 – we are all super excited for the season to get underway and to see our fans pack the Bob!
 

 
October 23, 2013
Photo Courtesy of Joy Caracciolo
Hey fans!! The season is closing in on us and we are getting better with each day.  Yesterday, the rankings for the preseason CAA list was posted and we found out that we were predicted to finish fifth out of the nine teams in our conference.  That list just got us more excited to work harder and prove everybody wrong.
 
We have not only been putting in hard work on the court, but we have also been doing team building off of the court to help us have better relationships with each other.  Kelsey made a ‘wordle’ of everything that represents what we value most as a team, which is respect, responsibility and family.
 
We have a few closed scrimmages coming up that we are really looking forward to.  We have been playing each this whole time, so we are looking forward to finally playing against someone else.
 
November 8 is approaching quickly and we will definitely be ready to play URI.
 

 
 
October 16, 2013
Photo Courtesy of Kelsey Buchanan
The last few weeks have been pretty crazy.  We have been in full swing with practices and the ice bath dates have never been better.  Also, school is picking up, which is typical around this time of year (midterm time!).  I have been super dedicated to school this semester (even more so than usual!).  It’s getting real now as I take my GREs and apply to graduate schools that this college thing isn’t going to last forever.
Anyone on the team can tell you that my favorite day of preseason is ‘Picture Day!’  I love getting ready and putting on the uniforms for the first time that season.  I love the excitement of taking pictures in the locker room with the new teammates.  I really just love everything about it and this picture day did not let me down!  It was so strange to take a senior picture with Akeema, Coach and myself.  It felt like just yesterday I was taking a freshman year picture.
This past weekend was Homecoming – my last as an undergrad.  Some traditions of Homecoming for me include the step show Friday night followed by the football game on Saturday.  Both did not disappoint and I was entertained all weekend.  One of the highlights for me this weekend was running into Alecia, an old friend and basketball fan.  From my first game in the Bob, I could remember her screaming and cheering on our team.  In years past, she made our team pink ribbons for our pink games and even came to other basketball games with us.  She is a true fan.  I was so glad to see her at Homecoming and reminisce about all of our crazy memories together.
That’s it for now, but I cannot express how excited I am for this season.  See you at the Bob soon!
 

 
October 10, 2013
Photo Courtesy of Brenna Williams
Hello Blue Hens!
Well, practices are underway and the team has been working hard preparing for our first game on November 8!  We are very excited and eager to head to Rhode Island, but we know that we need to stay focused and get better each and every day.  It doesn’t matter if it’s in practice, the weight room or even the classroom, we are all driven for success.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the chance to observe my teammates model their dedication.  Being new to the team is definitely challenging, but I’m working day in and day out to learn the plays and get up to speed.  My teammates and coaches have been extremely welcoming and make me feel right at home.  I know that if at any point I need clarification or just have a question, I can look to one of our senior leaders and they are more than happy to help me out.  I am so grateful for this amazing opportunity to be a part of such a strong and developed basketball program.  Everyone is willing to put in the time and effort needed to be successful and our dedication will undoubtedly pay off.
I am also honored to represent the state of Delaware on the team, as I am the only one from Delaware!  Not only am I playing for my university, but I also get the added opportunity to play for my hometown, which is really special for me.  I am extremely excited to put on my jersey and truly represent a great place.  I was born and raised in this amazing state and getting the opportunity to wear these colors and play in the Bob Carpenter Center is an honor.  I’m excited that my family and friends are close by and can’t wait to see them in the stands cheering on the Blue Hens!
So far, freshman year has been incredible.  I live in a brand new dorm and I am grateful to live in such a beautiful building.  My favorite part of my building is the study lounge.  If I’m not in class, at basketball or in the dining hall, you’ll most likely find me in the study lounge.  The University of Delaware is a really competitive college and my classes are demanding.  However, I’ve been able to come up with a schedule that allows me to balance my classes and basketball so that I never feel overwhelmed.  As classes go on and I get more familiar with the setting, I am beginning to realize that it’s not so tough.  I’ve learned that it’s really important to sit up front and pay attention.  I know that if I stick to my schedule and continue to work hard, I will do great!
I’m super excited for this Homecoming Weekend!  I can’t wait to spend time with the team at the football game and cheer on our fellow Blue Hens!  But, of course, we will still be working hard in the gym and getting ready for November 8!  It’s less than a month away!!!  See you all in a few short weeks!
Go Blue and Gold!!!

 
October 2, 2013
Photo Courtesy of Shanice Johnson
Hello Blue Hens!!
My name is Shanice Johnson and I am a current freshman from Philadelphia. The position I will be playing is forward and I will be wearing the number 25. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to play at such a great school. I’m so excited for the season to start, and I am blessed to have the chance to play with such great girls.
The team has been working hard in the weight room and practice to get better. We still have a lot of work that needs to be done, but as long as we stick together we have a good chance at winning. I’m ready to put in the time and effort to get better and play my role on the team. Coach Martin is a great coach and I know she is going to push me to my full potential as a student-athlete here at UD.
Our first game is November 8 against the University of Rhode Island! Best believe we will be ready to compete. Everyone is doubting us this year, but we are going to prove them wrong. I have faith in my team and my coaching staff that anything is possible. I hope to see everyone in those stands. GOOOOO BLUEEE HENNNNSSSS!!!!!

 
September 25, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Erika Brown
Hello Blue Hens!
My name is Erika Brown and I am a freshman from Haledon, N.J.  The position that I will be playing for the next four years is point guard and I will wear the number 3.  I am very excited for my basketball career to continue at this beautiful university for the next four years!  The opportunity that I am being given to play here motivates and excites me each and every day.  Not only will I get to play in front of awesome fans, but I will also be able to be a part of such a successful program and have great teammates.
Our summer and fall workouts have been great and I am very excited to play with my team this year.  The coaches have been pushing everyone since the first day we got to work out together, which is awesome.  Each workout has been a challenge, especially as a freshman, because playing at the Division I level is a huge transition from high school where the competition level is not as high.  My teammates challenge me every day and I am very thankful for that because I know in the end it will only help me and make me a better player.
Transitioning from high school academics to college academics was definitely a wake-up call for me.  In high school, you are pretty much helped and basically babied with all your assignments and tests.  In college, you are on your own with assignments, quizzes, exams and papers.  This is very difficult for me.  I quickly had to learn time management skills and to check my syllabus for each class daily to make sure all my work is handed in on time and I am studying for quizzes and exams.
No worries, Blue Hen fans, I have adapted to the college life very well and am doing all my work in my classes and getting good grades.
Our first official practice starts this Sunday and I am very happy that everything is approaching so fast.  I am counting down the days until our first game on November 8 against Rhode Island.  I have set out a lot of goals for myself and my team this year and I am very confident that we as a team will accomplish these goals together and have a very successful season.
We need all of our fans to come out and support us at each and every home game.  I promise that you will not be disappointed.
 

 
September 18, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Akeema Richards
Hello fellow Blue Hens!!!
Just wanted to thank the Blue Hens fans that have been supporting us over the years.  Going into the year as a fifth year senior has been nothing but an experience for me. It’s bittersweet to think that my career is ending shortly.  Moreover, I am adapting to my role on the team as a leader. 
Last week Thursday was our first team boding experience, as we had to discuss our personal goals and team goals. Our first assignment was to get a meal with two or more of teammates that we knew little about.  Myself, Jodi, Grace and Kelsey went Friday morning for breakfast. It was pretty fun and the breakfast was great – lol! We definitely enjoyed ourselves! We are all still getting use to each other, especially with the freshmen, but I believe we have a pretty strong bond going already and it can only get better from here.
Fall Workouts have been great! The coaches challenge us every time we step in the gym or on any field that we work on! From our 6:30 a.m. track workouts to individuals to our lifts, they push us 110%.  In the end, all the hard work we put in during the summer and fall will definitely pay off when season kicks off!
I am really excited for the team to showcase all the hard work we are putting in and to see the stadium full of our fans decked out in blue and gold. We are currently in a Blue Hen state of mind! It is my last year and I feel like going out with a bang. We have great things in store for the Blue Hen Nation this upcoming season. Go Blue Hens!

 Inside the Lane Blog - Hannah Jardine
September 12, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Hannah Jardine
Hi Everybody!
My name is Hannah Jardine and I am a freshman on the team this year. I am from St. John’s, Newfoundland, which is on the east coast of Canada. I have lived in Newfoundland my whole life, so moving to Delaware has definitely been a new experience! I was here for the summer session to get to know my teammates, complete two courses and start practices and training. It was great to stay on campus and get used to what college life is like.
I got to return to Newfoundland for two weeks before returning here for the fall session. While I was home my entire family and friends gathered together before I left to have a Blue Hen party to wish me good luck at school. Everybody wore blue and gold and we had a huge BBQ. This was awesome because I got to spend time with a lot of people I hadn’t seen in a while and it was great to see all the support I have from the people back at home! While I was home I also travelled a bit around Newfoundland with my family. Newfoundland is a beautiful place to visit so it was nice to visit around with my family before I left.
When I returned back to Delaware a few weeks ago, I was really excited to start the fall semester. My mom and aunt both came down to help move me into my new dorm. I got to meet my new roommate and a couple of girls from my floor who are really nice! So far my classes are going well but all of us on the team have very busy schedules! We have been training very hard with strength and conditioning and individuals with the coaches. Next week we are starting team practices again.
Besides training and classes it has also been awesome to get to experience some of the other things around campus. For 1743 Days the freshmen were able to get inducted into the school at the twilight ceremony. I have gone to both of the home football games so far this year and Delaware has won both times, which is great! I’m also really excited because next week a couple of my teammates and I are going to see the Ed Sheeran concert! I love listening to his music so this should be a great show.
Overall my time at UD so far has been awesome! I may be a long way from home but I love getting the chance to be a student-athlete here at Delaware. Go Blue Hens!!
 

Inside the Lane Blog - Candace Martino
September 5, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Candace Martino
Hello Blue Hen family!
What an exciting week it has been with all of the buzz around campus from the start of classes to the first football game has really put the student body into a Blue Hen State of Mind!
It didn’t take long before our team got back into the swing of things.  We started the week with a team meeting, which set the expectations and goals for this upcoming season.  Our team, along with the coaching staff, is extremely eager to get this year underway – and what better way to begin other than a 6:30 a.m. conditioning test!
Shortly after that, we got right into group individuals.  Fortunately for us, the NCAA added allowed practice times in the summer with the coaches.  This helped us pick up where we left off.  It felt great to be back on the court working hard with my teammates and coaches!
As we all know, part of being a student-athlete means competing just as hard in the classroom as we do on the court.  This past week was the start of a long 15 weeks.  Being a sports management major, most of my core classes are about business and communications.
I got the chance this semester to have one of my classes in the new building on campus that just opened.  Hopefully I don’t get too distracted by the touch screen boards and wheelie chairs!
I ended my week by supporting the football team with my teammates.  We had a tailgate before the game and were really excited to support our fellow student-athletes.  It made the night even better with a Blue Hens victory!
After the football game, I got to spend a relaxing Labor Day weekend at the beach with my family.  It felt great to see them since I don’t get the opportunity to go home much since I live five hours away.  I couldn’t have asked for a better way to end the summer with sunshine, crab legs and the people who mean the most to me!
But now it’s time to get back to work and start preparing for our first game!  Hope to see you in the stands, Go Hens!

 
Inside the Lane Blog - Grace Dewey
August 30, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Grace Dewey
Hi everyone!
I can’t believe it’s the end of my first week of classes Athlete photoalready!  This summer was so busy as it flew by.  I arrived on campus with the other freshmen at the beginning of July for the second summer session.  It was definitely a different experience for me at first, but once I got adjusted to everything, I had a great time.  It was really nice to be on campus for a while before the school year; now that school has started I’m so grateful for the tricks I discovered this summer that most freshmen haven’t found yet!
We also got to know our teammates on and off the court, which was amazing because I knew coming in to fall semester that I would already have 12 friends who I could ask questions and hang out with.
After the summer session ended, I went home for about 10 days before returning to campus early to participate in the QUEST leadership program offered by the Blue Hen Leadership club.  During the four days of QUEST, I participated in leadership seminars, attended presentations by motivational speakers and took excursions off campus to do community service.
We spent the last day of the program at the Sandy Hill Retreat Center where we did a high ropes course and worked together to build boats for a race.  My favorite activity was the climbing wall – we had to scale a wall while tethered to two other people, which forced us to work together and really communicate.
Even though Athlete photothe day at Sandy Hill was by far my favorite, overall I had a great experience in QUEST and learned a lot of leadership skills that I can apply directly on the basketball court.
Once QUEST ended, I started preparing for the first week of classes.  It was crazy seeing everyone move in this past weekend, as I never imagined how many people would be here after this summer when there was barely anyone here.
One of the best parts of coming early for QUEST was that I got to move in early too and after seeing all those freshmen trying to move in on the same day, I’m sure glad I had that opportunity!
This year I’m living in the Towers with Stephanie and two of her friends.  We’re on the tenth floor and the view is amazing!  This first week has also been amazing and I’m really looking forward to the start of our season in just a few weeks.
 

 
Summer Blog - Jade Clark
August 21, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Jade Clark
Hello Blue Hen fans!
I cannot believe that school is already starting next week!  Summer wAthlete photoent by so fast.
Even though it went by fast, it was very productive for me.  I moved into a new condo with Alecia and one of the volleyball players, Liz Brock.  So far, having my own place has been great; I love it!  However, I do not love having to cook my own meals and I am starting to miss the dining hall quite a bit.  I know as time goes on, I will start to get the hang of it.
This summer I also took two classes.  I took “Intro to Exercise Science” in the first summer session and followed up with “Chemistry” in thesecond session.  Those classes were not always fun, but I passed with flying colors and got those much needed credits.
This summer was also good because Athlete photowe are now allowed to practice with our coaches over the summer.  It was good being able to play with our whole team and it was helpful when the freshmen came so they could practice with us.  We started to get a feel of how it was going to be when the season starts.
Since our whole team was here over the summer, we got to spend a lot of quality time together.  We went to the movies, out to eat and even went bowling a few times.  It’s always fun getting to hang out with the team outside of basketball and getting to know everyone a little bit better. 
After my last summer session class ended, I finally got to go on vacation with my family.  I had been waiting for this all summer and it was everything that I hoped it would be.
I joined all of my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents and a couple of family friends in Virginia Beach last week.  I hadso much fun getting to hang out with my family, not having to worry about any homework and just getting to relax.
I have two younger siblings and five younger cousins (and counting!) and as the oldest girl cousin, I love getting to see everyone grow up and become young men and women.  It’s on trips like these when I really get to talk to them and see what is going on in their individual lives. 
Overall, this was a very good summer.  However, I am excited for the school year to start because that just means we are getting closer to basketball season!
 

 
Summer Blog - Jodi Salyer
August 15, 2013Athlete photo
This summer has definitely been one to remember!  
At the beginning of the summer I moved in to an apartment with Courtni and Akeema.  Living in an apartment is very different from the dorms, but I like it so much better.  It's nice having a place of your own.
After moving into my apartment, I went home for a week to see my family.  It was nice to go home and relax and spend time with my family.
When I came back I went to the Kenny Chesney concert at the Lincoln Financial Field with some good friends.  It was my first concert and I had an awesome time.
My birthday was June 12 and my teammates and friends threw me a surprise party for my birthday at my apartment.  It was a huge surprise and I really had no idea that they were planning anything.
For the Fourth of July, a group of us watched the fireworks at the Bob – they were great!
All of us were very excited for the freshmen to come for second session and start working out with us. Everyone gets along really well and we are all looking forward to the start of the season.
Workouts went really well this summer as everyone worked hard and pushed herself.
Now that second session is over, we have two weeks off from workouts and classes before we come back and get into the swing of things. This week I have been relaxing and working out and next week I will be going home and spending time with my family.

 
Summer Blog - Stephanie Leon
August 8, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Stephanie Leon
Hello everyone!
Athlete photoI’ve had a fun filled and action packed summer these past few months!  I started off the excitement with a trip home to celebrate my younger sister, Charlotte’s, confirmation and moving up ceremony from eighth grade.  I really enjoyed being able to spend time with family and friends for the weekend playing can jam and catching up with each other.
Athlete photoRight after Char’s confirmation Chelsea, my older sister, and I packed our bags and headed out to Music City, USA (also known as Nashville, Tennessee) to hear some great country music, visit with Chelsea’s college friend, Ryan, and explore some sites.  We are definitely a teacher’s (my mom) kids as we spent six hours at the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s estate.  We took a wagon ride around the grounds, toured the Tulip Grove and Jackson’s house where we learned about General Jackson as the President, as a father and as a business owner, it was all very educational.  It’s a good thing Chelsea and I like each other because we shared headphones for the entire time there!
Getting back to campus I jumped right into things with lifts, individuals, work and chilling with friends.  The first summer session passed in a blink of an eye and the returners were getting ready to welcome the freshmen to campus for second summer session.  Having our entire team together for the first time was a little odd this summer for me because all of a sudden I was an upperclassman, scary thought since that means I am halfwaAthlete photoy finished with college!  I have to say we’ve really started gelling and getting to know one another this past month.
As an August baby, a summer isn’t complete for me unless I’m able to go to the beach or the pool (preferably often!) and a beach day is perfect for me when there are tons of waves!  The beautiful Delaware beaches did not disappoint when my friends and I were able to find a few random days to drive down.  Mother Nature’s waves definitely won a few of the rounds against us, as there were some pretty comical wipeouts!  I was a little freaked out though when a flipper of some sort came out of the water not even a foot from me, I am really hoping it was a stingray and not a shark. 
Athlete photoI took a week off from workouts at the end of July to head up to New York City and meet up with Charlotte, Mrs. Craig (Chelsea Craig’s mom) and a group of youths from her church.  We completed a week of service throughout the city at different soup kitchens/food pantries, from the NYC FoodBank and St. Mary’s Church in Harlem down to Trinity Church Wall St. and Holy Apostles Church.  Holy Apostles was my favorite day of service as were able to help serve lunch to over 1,200 people!  When we weren’t working hard to help others we were able to explore the city, everything from seeing the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway to visiting the 9/11 memorial to taking a bus tour.  It really meant a lot to me to be able to share all of the experiences with my sister, especially being able to show her the completed Freedom Tower and explaining the significance of thAthlete photoe reflecting pools and different parts of the 9/11 memorial.  I couldn’t spend too much time in my home state though as Delaware was calling me back!
Our second week of Coach Martin’s camp started this past Monday which is always fun.  I recognized some girls from seeing them at our games, but getting to actually talk with and get to know them has been awesome and I can’t wait to see them again during the school year!  Our team also got together on Wednesday night for dinner to celebrate the end of the summer and my birthday. 
As summer classes come to a close I am heading home to celebrate my mom’s birthday (I was born two days before her birthday so I was kinda her birthday present in 1993), taking a trip to Six Flags and getting myself ready for my favorite week here at UD – Quest!  This will be my second year as a peer mentor for the program, which brings seventy iAthlete photon-coming freshmen to campus four days before regular move-in.  I can’t wait to meet this year’s group of amazing students who are looking to expand themselves and become leaders!
Hope all of our fans and supporters summers are doing well and everyone’s as ready as we are for this season to start! See ya in November and of course, GO BLUE HENS!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Summer Blog - Alecia Bell
August 1, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Alecia Bell
Hey Blue Hen fans, friends and family! Although these three short months of summer are quickly coming to an end, here’s a quick summary of how my summerhas been so far.
At the end of the school year I moved into a townhouse with my teammate, Jade, and one of the volleyball players here at UD. I’m so excited to be living here because it’s a different experience from living in the dorms and it’s also like my home away from home. It’s definitely a lot more of a responsibility, but I’ve enjoyed it so far. The one thing I do miss about the dorm is the dining hall! It was so much easier not having tocook every meal, but it’s something that I’m getting used to. Athlete photo
To start my summer off, I spent aweek at Chapter Camp in Lancaster, Pa. with other athletes in DCA (Delaware Christian Athletes). While at camp we each grew spiritually and built stronger bonds with each other through team building activities. It was definitely a new experience for me because we were in the woods living in cabins! Overall, I enjoyed myself and was happy that I went.
Not long after that, I was back at UD getting ready to start classes and workouts for the next 10 weeks. On top of having class and workouts, I started my very first job at the Physical Therapy Clinic on campus!
Athlete photoAnother first for me, and probably the most exciting part of my summer, was getting my first car! It was a surprise from my parents and I absolutely loved it!
When the freshmen got here in July, I was happy not to be a rookie on the team anymore. I’ve enjoyed hanging out and getting to know them and I like how our team has really connected well. Having workouts as a team makes me really excited for the season!
One thing I really enjoyed doing this summer was traveling with my parents and younger sister on college visits. She’s a rising high school seAthlete photonior and also plays basketball. I was really happy to be able to go with them and be a part of her recruiting process. I can’t wait until she chooses what college she wants to go to! It was also nice because we go to visit family after visiting the schools.
My entire summer has been spent here in Delaware so far and I’ve been pretty busy with work, class and getting ready for the season. Now I’m excited get through my last week of class and be able to spend a little time at home before having to be back at school and doing this all over again.
(Fun fact: August is my favorite month of summer because it’s my BIRTHDAY MONTH!)

Summer Blog - Joy Caracciolo
July 26, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Joy Caracciolo and Delaware Athletics
I Athlete photohave had a great summer so far.  It hasn’t been the most exciting summer ever, but is definitely the most productive one that I have ever had.
I recently moved into a new apartment with three volleyball players and they are absolutely amazing.  They are great people that keep me laughing non-stop.
This summer I stayed in Delaware so I could work out and get ready for the upcoming season.  The team has been working really hard and I personally cannot wait to get on the court.
Aside from that, I have been working at the Center for Academic Enrichment on campus as an assistant during the day to keep me busy and save up some money.
In my free time, I like to hang out with my teaAthlete photommates, roommates and other friends that stayed in Delaware for summer school.  We go out to eat (a lot… I love food), to the mall and to movies all the time. 
The two most exciting things I have done this summer was going to a Lil’ Wayne concert and to the Delaware State Fair.
I went to the concert with my roommates and other volleyball players and it was a blast… until it started storming!  At that point we booked it outofthere.
The Delaware State Fair was definitely an experience.  Let me start by saying thaAthlete photot we went on what may or may not have been the hottest day of the year!  All of the student-athletes that went walked around different parts of the fairgrounds passing out fans andbuttons.  We were able to talk to a lot of fans.  Getting to interact with so many different fans and student-athletes from other teams definitely outweighed the fact that it felt like a million degrees.
After we finished mingling with the fans, we got to go on some of the rides and it was absolutely hilarious to seAthlete photoe all of the macho football and basketball guysscream at the top of their lungs when they got on some of the rides!  I am not a roller coaster person, but I got peer pressured into getting on one and I absolutely embarrassed myself.
Overall, the State Fair was a great success and I cannot wait to go back next year.
That has been my summer thus far and hopefully within the next few weeks I can find my way home to Virginia to see my family and go to the beach for a short vacation.
 

Summer Blog - Kelsey Buchanan
July 18, 2013
Photos Courtesy of Kelsey Buchanan
Athlete photoAt the beginning of the summer, I took two weeks to go to chapter camp in Lancaster, Pa. with Delaware Christian Athletes (DCA) with some fellow student-athletes and really bonded with them over sports and God.  It was a fun week roughing it in the woods while learning about one self, each other and bonding over team activities.
The following weAthlete photoek, I traveled to San Diego to visit my best friends from high school.  We all play collegiate basketball, so it isn’t very often that I get to see them (I probably haven’t seen them in over two years!).  It was so nice to be together again.
It was nice to take a quick break, but it was time to get back to the beautiful east coast.  My flight got in at 12:30 a.m. and I immediately drove to Delaware for a morning lift and work.
I am working this summer in admissions as a Blue Hen Ambassador.  I am glad that I decided to do this because it has been a blast so far.
The first week was getting to know all of our co-Athlete photoworkers as well as training.  We did a series of icebreakers and evaluations to teach and test our Delaware knowledge.  I learned about the kissing arches and the 2.8 million books in Morris Library.  By the end of training, I was super excited to give my first tour.
This job has seriously been so much fun as I’ve been able to meet other students that I normally wouldn’t have gotten to meet.  Everyone has different connections tAthlete photoo UD from sororities, fraternities, different majors, clubs and recreational teams. 
One girl, Shelby, is super excitedabout the fact that I’m onthe basketball team.  She is constantly telling tours about my team and me, so here is my chance to share how cool she is!  Shelby is originally from Newark and has studied abroad twice to Australia and the Barbados.  She has such a great personality and is a very funny person!
I have had allsorts of tours this summer, but my favorite so far has been the tour I gave to a club tennisteam from Hong Kong.  It was fun to hear about their experiences and give them a tour of our athletics.Athlete photo
Additionally, my favorite tours are the ones with prospective students that take pictures on the green.  They see what I fell in love with when choosing Delaware.
As a rising senior, this was the best job I could have ever taken.  It has allowed me to reflect on all of my fun memories around campus and remind me what I love so much about the University of Delaware. 
Athlete photoBeing one of the only seniors on our team has been weird so far; it’s strange to think I’m one of the oldest.   I’m really excited about our team this year. This summer we have really been enjoying each other’s company.  Some of us worked together in the athletics facilities for the prospective student Discovery Day and it was a lot of fun.  Our team is made up of a bunch of characters and while we may seem weird in our own little way – this is what makes us work!
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Summer Blog - Courtni Green
July 11, 2013
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
Athlete photoHello!
This summer has definitely been different from any other summers I have had, but by far the best one yet.
I recently moved into my own apartment with Jodi and Akeema, which is completely different from the dorm, but I really like it so far because it feels like home. I sure do miss that dining hall though; cooking on my own has become a struggle!!! LOL
I took a class first session and it was the best class I have had so far. The professor taught us differently than your average professor.  We got to interact with each other, have hands-on activities and other stuff, but the best part about it was the professor herself. She did more than just teach us the material; she reached out and tried to get to know all of us personally out of class. (By the way, she’s a big basketball fan, so that helped a lot too!!)
The best part about my summer, or the highlight of my year would be more accurate, would be my brother, Erick, getting drafted to the Denver Nuggets on June 27.  As his sister, I was so proud of him because I have seen how hard he has worked since I was a little girl. He is the reason why I started playing. He has taught me so much, not only with basketball with life in general. Our relationship is not your typical brother-sister relationship. He is not just my brother, but my best friend. We come to each other about everything -- personal things, sports, relationships, school, and even how to pay bills!! Once he left for college at Virginia Tech, we made it a priority to talk everyday; whether it was via text or a phone call.
Erick has impacted my basketball career tremendously. I was grateful enough to watch everything he went through to get to the NBA so I know what hard work and dedication is truly about. He has pushed and challenged me to not only to become a better basketball player, but a better person overall. Every time we are home, first thing we do is go outside and hoop together.