1-on-1 with Ciarra Washington

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As you stepped up to the line Saturday for those final free throws, what was running through your mind?<strong>As you stepped up to the line Saturday for those final free throws, what was running through your mind?</strong> As you stepped up to the line Saturday for those final free throws, what was running through your mind?

I was just trying to stay as focused as possible. I was pretty nervous, but I was just trying to keep my cool and I knew (the game) was on the line.

Junior Ciarra Washington

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What was it like to make both of those free throws and put the team up by one point with only a few seconds left?<strong>What was it like to make both of those free throws and put the team up by one point with only a few seconds left?</strong> What was it like to make both of those free throws and put the team up by one point with only a few seconds left?

It felt good. I felt relieved because I was really nervous, but I felt like I accomplished what I needed to.

The team is also on a seven-game win streak. How have these past few games affected the team’s confidence?<strong> The team is also on a seven-game win streak. How have these past few games affected the team’s confidence?</strong> The team is also on a seven-game win streak. How have these past few games affected the team’s confidence?

We have a lot of confidence right now. We obviously play three out the four top teams in our conference, so we know that we have to come out ready to play, but it has definitely helped us get through each game and get through the close games.

After finishing last season with a 6-24 record, did you ever imagine the team would experience such a turnaround? <strong>After finishing last season with a 6-24 record, did you ever imagine the team would experience such a turnaround? </strong> After finishing last season with a 6-24 record, did you ever imagine the team would experience such a turnaround?

At the end of the season last year, it was kind of hard to imagine that, but we got all of the new players in and it’s just been a whole different team. I definitely thought that we could do this at the beginning of this year.

What do you think has made this difference this season?<strong>What do you think has made this difference this season?</strong> What do you think has made this difference this season?

I just think that we all have good chemistry and we connect a lot better than we did last year. We are all really close on and off the court, so that plays a big role in it.

The team will face MidAmerica Nazarene University on Thursday. What is the team expecting heading in to that game?<strong>The team will face MidAmerica Nazarene University on Thursday. What is the team expecting heading in to that game?</strong> The team will face MidAmerica Nazarene University on Thursday. What is the team expecting heading in to that game?

We obviously know they are really good. They are going to give us really good competition, but we know if we play like we have been playing then we can go out and win if we do what we need to do.

Since the team’s win-streak is on the line in this rivalry game, how much more emotion does that add to this matchup?<strong> Since the team’s win-streak is on the line in this rivalry game, how much more emotion does that add to this matchup?</strong> Since the team’s win-streak is on the line in this rivalry game, how much more emotion does that add to this matchup?

A lot. Everybody is really excited and pumped for the game. I know I definitely am because I know like all the girls on the team, so that make it a lot more, and I know the gym is going to be crazy. We are all really excited to play and ready to play.