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Thursday, December 20, 2012
We’re looking forward to playing in L.A.

By Haley Peters

Haley Peters and Chelsea Gray
Chelsea Gray, Haley Peters and the Duke women's basketball team will play two games in California -- Gray's home state -- and maybe even get to In-N-Out Burger.

DURHAM, N.C.-- Playing basketball, at any level, can take you to incredible places. This summer, my teammates and I had the chance to visit France and Italy for 10 days -- a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us.

Our last two weeks have been no less exciting. Before finals week, we traveled to New York City to play in the Maggie Dixon Classic at Madison Square Garden.

For a few of my teammates, it was their first experience in the city. For me, though, it was a homecoming. I grew up in Maplewood, N.J., about
45 minutes from the city. And I had played in the Garden once before. As an 8-year-old Girl Scout, I scored one basket in a 10-minute game after watching the New York Liberty play.

Our game against St. John’s obviously had greater implications. Playing in honor of Maggie Dixon and against a talented Big East team, we managed our jitters and came away with a win. It was a really important growing experience for our team, learning how to handle playing in such an incredible venue and to focus with a lot of things going on around us.

With exams over and Christmas break finally here, we have headed to the West Coast for Chelsea Gray and Chloe Wells' home state of California to play games at USC on Friday and Saturday.

Los Angeles will be another new experience for a lot of us, including me. We're really excited to see Chelsea and Chloe's families and hopefully have some In-N-Out Burger!

Go Duke!