Loved this comment Friday from Idaho forward Alyssa Charlston:
“Well we don’t just grow potatoes. There is a lot more to Idaho as the state. It is beautiful first of all, there’s some unbelievable falls. Boise is an amazing city. I was actually born in Boise, live in Spokane. We get four different seasons, which I understand is probably similar here. We actually just got snow yesterday so it’s very similar.”
And loved the honesty from Idaho coach Jon Newlee:
“My pitch [to recruits] was that if you come to Idaho, you’re going to get a chance to play in the NCAA Tournament. I really believe we have the facilities at our level to win conference championships. You’re going to get a chance to do what a lot of students never get the chance to do, and that’s to play in the Big Dance.”
As for being sent to Connecticut to play their first NCAA game since 1985…….
“When I thought we were going to play Stanford, I thought it would have been better for us, in term of location. We have a lot of kids from California. I think the location was disappointing for us as a fan base, but I knew that we were going to be a 16-seed when I saw that Fresno State was a 15 seed.
“I told them that they are getting their shot at the NCAA Tournament. What I want them to take away from it is the fact that they are here and have won their conference, which was our goal all year. This is their reward for all the hard work and all the practices and time they have put into this year. I want them to enjoy every minute. I tell them to embrace the moment because a lot of people don’t get that chance.”