Through the end of the year, InsideGSUSports will have a different student-athlete(s) talk about a different topic every week. Topics will range from how practice is going to an event that they are looking forward to coming up. It will be their chance to talk about what is going on with their sport. This week, women’s basketball player Gaby Moss talks about her team’s experience in the Preseason WNIT.
Summer has come and gone, Halloween is a memory and basketball season has finally arrived!
Unfortunately, starting the season off 0-3 in the Preseason WNIT in November is far from what each one of us Panthers could have predicted. Last weekend in Nacogdoches, Texas was unfavorable, resulting in two losses to two veteran and talented, but beatable, teams.
Friday night, a 22-win North Carolina A&T brought its “A” game to say the least, jumped out on us early and maintained a sturdy cushion that we could never recover from the entire game. A team meeting and some self-evaluation inspired a completely different performance in our next game against Stephen F. Austin on its home court the following Saturday evening. It was as if an entirely different team took the floor. It was one that played with passion, aggression, and togetherness. We maintained a 10-point lead for majority of the game, led for 39 minutes, but foul trouble and a couple of key plays made by Stephen F. Austin players gave them the lead in the final minute of the game. But, we learned from that and will be ready to pass our next road test this Saturday at Western Carolina.
On a bright side, witnessing the reunion of freshman Miriam Hannoun, who came from Israel at the start of school, and her Houston-based older sister, that she hasn’t seen in several years was heartfelt. It is amazing how basketball—a mere game—can have such an impact on so many people. It takes us places, unites us with people from different backgrounds and provides us with unforgettable experiences. Seeing the joy on my teammate’s face as she and her sister embraced was one of those unforgettable moments.
The amount of talent on our Georgia State team is more than we’ve had in previous years. We have all the pieces; now our next challenge comes in putting them together, to create something special. Although this is not the way we intended to start the season, it does not mean that it will end this way in five months in March.
Since being in college, and especially since playing basketball at Georgia State, I have come to the conclusion that the toughest people aren’t the ones that can throw the fastest or hardest punches. It is the people on the other end that are the strongest, the ones that fall seven times, but get up eight. It is the people that go back to the drawing board when plan A doesn’t go as planned; the ones that rethink, revise, and continue to try until they get it right. A little adversity never hurt anybody, and that’s just what this start of the season is, just another bump in the road, another mountain to climb. Like the old saying goes: “tough times don’t last but tough people do.” I have every bit of faith in both my teammates and coaches that this team has tough people and this season is going to be special.
We appreciate all the fans that come out to our home games and offer their support. That means so much to us and we are inspired to perform to our best level. We look forward to Thanksgiving and three home games wrapped around that holiday.