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Thirteen Women StrongThe Making of a Team$
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Robert K. Wallace

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125152

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125152.001.0001

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Magical Season

Magical Season

Thirteen Women Strong

Robert K. Wallace

University Press of Kentucky

Nancy Winstel's women's basketball team remade itself during the 2005–6 season. It did indeed pass the solstice that “maketh all things new.” Their defining day was March 5, 2006, in the thirtieth game of a 32-game season. For assistant coach Matt Schmidt, preparation for this moment had begun one year earlier, when Bellarmine University eliminated Northern Kentucky University in the first round of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament, ending any hope of making the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament. In addition to the conditioning and the individual workouts, each returning player had a one-on-one meeting with Coach Winstel in her office. In this “exit” exam from the recent season, Winstel asks each player to evaluate her performance, with an emphasis on areas for further improvement. These can be make-or-break sessions, with all the cards on the table.

Keywords:   Nancy Winstel, women's basketball, Matt Schmidt, Bellarmine University, Northern Kentucky University, Great Lakes, NCAA

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