Holding media day and preparing for a flight to Washington can also be crossed off the list in a season of firsts for UT-Tyler
"The cameras and media day, everything is just overwhelming honestly," senior Danai Woods said. "Its just a great feeling." Fellow senior Taylor Murphy added, "It just feels like we are official or something like we get to walk through the airport or something."
Being in the Sweet 16 for the first time ever isn't the only thing this team hasn't experienced. A majority of the women have never been to Washington.
"No, never. Never been to Washington. Been to Montana, " Breann McMillan said. Woods added, "Never been to Washington, I used to live in California, but Washington is a different territory."
In addition to having numerous weapons and playmakers,another reason the Patriots are here today is because of their closeness as a team.
"We love each other. We are always around each other and I think that team bond is another thing that sets us apart, " She'Cara Humphrey said. Woods added," Family, we rely on each other and we see ourselves as sisters and that we can push each other."
That family bond will be tested on Friday when the Patriots take on the number one team in the country, Thomas Moore.
"I'm sure they are a great team but they are beatable and we are a great team, so its going to be a battle, " Humphrey said. McMillan added, "Its just another opponent for us, each game gets more difficult and we are up for that challenge."
If you can't tell, these women believe they can play with the top team in the land.
"I'm not intimated because I know our whole team will bring it, "Murphy said. King added, "No, I'm not intimidated, I think we played in a strong conference and it really prepared us."
It's a conference UT Tyler won along with setting new program records, but this team wants more.
"They scream out in practice all the time we want the crumbs and if they are really that hungry we will see it on Friday, " head coach Kevin Baker said.
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