Players perspectives across women's basketball
Louisville senior Angel McCoughtry is one of seven women's basketball players who will provide periodic updates on their seasons.
For The Associated Press
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -Hi everyone, it's Angel again.
We recently had our Senior Day at home against No. 15 Pittsburgh, and I want to share with you how special it was for me. Senior day is always a special day, win or lose. It's the last time you get to play in your home arena and in front of all your fans.
And we had a wonderful ceremony before and after the game. I will definitely miss playing with my teammates. I will really miss my fellow senior Candyce Bingham. Candyce has brought so much to our team the last two years and I love playing with her.
I am going to tell you what else made my senior day so special. I got a couple of letters last week before the game to read. I usually get letters from kids explaining how they look up to me and my teammates - but these letters were different.
They were from grown men who had never been to a women's game before and now they have become hooked. They told me how they wish they would have gotten involved earlier and now they bring all of their buddies to the game. This means a lot to me because when you can bring new fans to support women's basketball that is making a statement about your program.
There was one letter I got in particular from a young teenager named Bobby. Bobby told me he had a bipolar disorder and he had an attack one day at school. He says that he doesn't want to be that way but he has to stay in the hospital to get better.
He said "Angel I really look up to you and I keep your picture on my wall in the hospital. I want you to know that I am getting a day pass from the hospital because my mom got me tickets to your last game. Thank you so much for responding to my e-mail because it really brightened up my day. Sincerely, your number 1 fan.''
To me senior day is not about receiving gifts from my teammates or trying to score 20-plus points in my last game. It is about representing my family well and touching lives. I really feel confident knowing that the four years I spent at the University of Louisville, my life has been touched by so many people and I am eternally grateful for that.
I want to thank my family and friends for supporting me this whole year and the sacrifices that they have made for me. I could not have made it without you. I also want to thank the Cardinal fans who have supported the program.
Last but not least I have to thank my Lord and Savior. I realized that I am not the reason for my success that God is!
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