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Thursday, April 4, 2013
Off to New Orleans!

By Stefanie Dolson

Stefanie Dolson
Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson embraces Caroline Doty after the win vs. Kentucky.

My team and I just won our sixth straight Elite Eight game and are on our way to Nola, this being the first time for most of us. I've never been to Louisiana and am extremely excited to get there and experience the lifestyle.

It's actually pretty hard for me to explain in words how excited I am. We travel a lot as a team and have had the opportunity to see some really cool things, but this trip, this trip is going to be awesome! I've heard such great things about the music, the festivals, the history, the people, the customs and, especially, the amazing food. The food is what I am most excited for because I'm a big girl that lovesssss to eat!

Although this is my third Final Four I'm not going to be taking anything for granted. Getting there was a tough road, but my team stepped up and got the job done. Going to the Final Four is like nothing else. Not many people get to experience it and it's a lot of fun.

The banquet is always one of my favorite parts as all the teams get to dress up, relax, have fun and just enjoy the moment! Then it's off to doing all the media stuff that the fans get to see during the games where they get to know some of the players. Finally, we get around to the most important part, which is, of course, the games!

Playing in a Final Four game is the most incredible thing anyone can ever experience. The atmosphere is out of this world. Even though we'll be in New Orleans, I'm confident that our fans will be there to support us because we have the best fans in the country. Getting to the Final Four is always an accomplishment but we've come home early the last two years and plan to stay alive -- and stay in New Orleans -- longer this year.