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It is understood that at the end of the basketball season there will only be one team standing. Being on the other end of the stick is something that is really hard to swallow.
Being a freshman, I wasn’t sure what to expect when the season came to an unwanted end. You take moments to reflect, but at the same time it’s right back on the grind getting ready to roll for the upcoming year. Things automatically change, you are now older, seniors leave, new freshmen come in and new goals are put into place.
It’s upsetting losing, but one feeling I wasn’t able to shake quickly was one revolving around what coach Bill Fennelly has been stressing all year. Every day, every game, every practice he preached about embracing the process with no excuses and no regrets.
The “process,” aka our season, absolutely flew by. We had our highs and lows, grew close and shared moments we won’t ever forget. It was the last part, “no regrets,” that struck me hard. With three great seniors leaving -- Hallie Christofferson, Ashley Hagedorn and Elly Arganbright -- you think of everything you needed to do better to keep their season going as long as possible.
With only three years left to play in an Iowa State jersey, it all struck me in such a weird way. I thought non-stop about games – the what ifs, should ofs, could ofs -- and nothing changes the outcome. I realized that all that needs to change is the mindset going into next year. And now when coach gives his speech again, I will have a completely different perspective on embracing the process with no regrets.
This was such an amazing year at Iowa State. The relationships we all built throughout the season are something special. The moments on planes, hotels or just sitting around with one another are ones we will always cherish. There was a lot of good that came out of this season, and a lot learned. It makes me that much more excited to see what the upcoming seasons have in store for our Iowa State team!
Last, but certainly not least, I really have to thank the incredible fan base at Iowa State for their amazing support. It is truly special to be able to play in front of you in Hilton Coliseum.