FGCU women’s basketball team to play Washington State first in NCAA tournament

Reporter: Jolena Esperto Writer: Jolena Esperto
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The FGCU women’s basketball team now knows it’s Washington State up first in the NCAA tournament.
The Eagles are super pumped and excited for the chance to take down a No. 5 seed.

They may be the underdog in the first round, but the FGCU women’s basketball team is hoping to go deep into the NCAA tournament. 

“It was one of those. Everything that we worked so hard for the preseason, any of those tough losses that we took throughout the year. For that moment right there to storm out on the court, the confetti, the smiles, the in this laughter. It was just one of those moments that’s in a fairy tale,” said Sha Carter, FGCU Women’s basketball guard.

“It was just so surreal. We came out here knowing the game plan hard. We played hard and everybody played good,” said Tishara Moorehead, FGCU women’s basketball point guard.

And now, they know their first opponent: the fifth-seeded Washington state cougars.

When the eagles got their name called, they were ecstatic.

“It’s always rewarding as a coach when you get to see your players and staff celebrate and get to enjoy the payoff from their hard work,” said Karl Smesco, FGCU Women’s basketball coach.

“Knowing that we’re playing Washington State even gets us even more hyped up. We’re able to go as far as we can in this tournament. It was a great matchup. I think we are able to beat them,” Moorehead said.

“When they popped up, I was really excited to see their name. I don’t know much about them, but I know Coach Mesco will come up with a great game plan,” said Emma List, FGCU women’s basketball player.

Smesco said the team will start watching tape on Washington State, and they will be back in the gym first thing in the morning, as they get ready for their most important game of the season so far.

The game will be on March 18th. The time is to be announced

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