Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Wednesday Cardinal Couple -- Mariya Moore ready for more.
WEDNESDAY CARDINAL COUPLE
- Mariya ready for more
- Pauley Pavillion floods
( WE SHARE THIS GREAT READ TODAY FROM USAB ABOUT INCOMING FRESHMAN MARIYA MOORE...WHO IS CURRENTLY IN COLORADO SPRINGS WITH COACH WALZ PREPARING FOR THE FIBA AMERICAS U 18 CHAMPIONSHIP
Being an applicant athlete is tough, as you are competing against the most talented girls around the nation, some of whom were invited by the USA Basketball Developmental National Team Committee to participate, however, this does not mean any one player has a greater or lesser chance of making the team.
In fact, several applicant athletes have made a USA Basketball team and gone on to win gold medals. In 2011, that wasn’t the case for Moore.
It would be easy to give up and refuse to try again, and Moore said she sometimes felt like that, but she refused to let that attitude overtake her.
“Not making it definitely changed my outlook on things,” Moore said. “When I first came and paid my own way, I worked really hard to try to make the team, but I didn’t, and sometimes for me personally, that could bring me down.
“It also just pushed me to work harder so that I would never again have that same feeling,” she continued.
In 2014, she was no longer an applicant, but was instead invited to participate in the USA Women’s
U18 National Team trials, and this time, she made the 12-member roster.
“Coming from being an applicant before lets me know that anyone can make this team; they just have to work hard.”
Back in Colorado Springs, Colorado, this week for the 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team training camp, Moore is appreciative of the opportunity and ready to take on the challenge of playing for a gold medal. The USA will begin play at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship on Aug. 6.
“Training camp has been competitive; intense,” she admitted. “We’re teammates, and off the court we’re cool, but we know when we’re on the court and the ball goes up, we’re going hard every time. And then after it, we’ll be cool again.”
Playing under the instruction of head mentor Dawn Staley (University of South Carolina) and assistant coaches Kim Barnes Arico (University of Michigan) and Jeff Walz (University of Louisville), Moore is trying to absorb and take advantage of every moment, especially when it comes to her interactions with coach Walz, who also will be her college mentor this fall.
n a journey she will share with the person who will guide her for the next four years of her life.
“College is definitely treating me well, I’m enjoying it. But being here with coach Walz this summer is special,” Moore shared.
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WE parodied the failed attempts of Don Paulie to get his own pavillion established at UofL women's home events several weeks ago on our radio show. Could The Don maybe delivered some payback?
Flooding from ruptured water main threatens UCLA's Pauley Pavilion
CARDINAL COUPLE did ask The Don if he had any knowledge of the wet goings-on out at UCLA.
" I don't know nothin' about that or any other supposed activities in
California. Me and Johnny were in Louisville and we got plenty of witnesses.
We was feeding the ducks down by the lake at Cave Hill Cemetery when this happened.
A place of business has to be careful about things, though...you never know when a pipe
might burst, toilet back up or a couple of "collection" guys stop in and leave a
gentle reminder about who IS the real Paulie...and that he shouldn't be messed with...
Going forward...we'd like to extend our hopes and desires that this new aquatic facility
in Los Angeles becomes a success...and that our security and protection services are
available if needed..."