It’s been a historic season for the Syracuse University women’s basketball team – and they’re breaking new ground yet again in the Final Four this weekend in Indianapolis.
The Orange will face Washington in the NCAA Tournament semifinal on Sunday night, and while the team knows it still has work to do, the players are enjoying the experience.
“We know that going to the Final Four there’s going to be a lot of things going on, there’s going to be media, family and friends, fans and there’s going to be games,” said junior guard Brittney Sykes.
Sykes’ backcourt counterpart Alexis Peterson echoed those sentiments.
“It’s going to be a lot of stuff going on but at the same time it’s a great experience and we just want to take it all in and at the same time we have a job to do Sunday night,” she said.
Senior Maggie Morrison says the Orange will be ready once tip-off time arrives.
“Come Saturday night when we start doing our walkthroughs and prep and getting locked in saying okay we had our time, we came down Thursday had our time Thursday, Friday, Saturday but knowing its time to get ready and its time to get down to business, kind of switch the mindset,” Morrison said.
Head coach Quentin Hillsman says, among others, he’s drawing on the Final Four experience of men’s coach Jim Boeheim.
“How you want to practice, how you want to approach certain situations. I’ve had some friends in the Final Four so I’ve consulted some people, how they practice, how they manage days, open practice things like that,” Hillsman said.
The Orange will tip off against the Huskies at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.