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Friday, November 30, 2012
Baylor hangs loose with Hawaii trip

By Destiny Williams

The Baylor Lady Bears visited the Wounded Warriors unit and Pearl Harbor while on their trip to Hawaii.

Hey, women’s basketball fans, Destiny Williams from the Baylor Lady Bears here, checking in with my first blog of the season. I’m new to this so “Bear” with me!!!

After a couple of exhibition games, we opened the season. We hosted Kentucky in our second game on national television. The highlight of the night, other than our win, was raising our Big 12 Championship and 2012 NCAA Championship banners. Lots of fans were there, which made it even more special.

The next morning we flew out of Dallas for Hawaii. Eight hours on a crowded plane was challenging but the end result was well worth it. We had an awesome time in Hawaii.

A couple of unique things that I took from the trip: 1) in order to have “SWAG”, you must hold up your thumb and pinky and put the rest of your fingers down. Then, hold your hand up and shake it (it’s called a shaka sign and means hang loose) and 2) the arena in Hawaii is a duplicate of our Ferrell Center.

I really enjoyed myself and being with the team made it even better. There were life lessons learned on and off the court. We visited the Wounded Warriors unit at Schofield Barracks, the pineapple visitor center and Pearl Harbor and went snorkeling at Hanauma Bay.

Coach Mulkey does a good job of making sure we give back to the community and get to see the local sights when on these types of trips. Many thanks to former Lady Bear player Dionne Brown for helping organize the Wounded Warrior visit. That visit, along with our visit to Pearl Harbor, really makes us realize how much we owe our armed forces for the freedom we enjoy today.

As I write this, the semester is winding down. It has been a good one and for many of us, only one more to go (we have five that are projected to graduate in May or August).

I’m looking forward to playing at Notre Dame, they’re a very talented team, and the game will be another chance to gauge our progress. Also, it’s only about 30 minutes from my hometown of Benton Harbor, Mich. Hello family!