April 24, 2009
The Duquesne women's basketball team has brought "blogging" to their website! Now fans can follow the student-athletes as they present journal entries about their personal experiences as a Duquesne Duke. Entries will include what goes on during the summer, classes, happenings on the road and as life in general as a Duquesne student-athlete.
The first blog of the series is written by senior guard Kristi Little.
"This is Duquesne Basketball!"
When it comes to special years, my senior year at Duquesne University easily ranks the highest. Every game of my career was important, but each game during my senior year held a unique place in my heart. Every game played was one game closer to the last game I would ever play at Duquesne. As for highlights of the year, our trip to the Miami Holiday Tournament was my favorite of any of our trips. We were able to spend a day at the beach in December and the team enjoyed a relaxing day with warm weather. Another highlight year in and year out is playing St. Bonaventure. They have become somewhat of a rival to me, primarily because we have played them twice every year since I have been at Duquesne. Atlantic 10 basketball in general is more competitive than I thought it would be upon entering Duquesne, and the heat between us and the Bonnies seems to grow every year. A team highlight as well as an individual highlight has to include our game against Temple. It was by far the best win we had all year and I couldn't have been more proud of the way my teammates came together to protect our home court. That win was one of the 20 wins we had this year, the most in school history. That accomplishment, as well as making it into the postseason, will definitely be one of the greatest claims we can make as a group. The teammates that I played with this season are a very hardworking bunch. I started out with teammates and ended with friendships that will last a lifetime. I leave Duquesne confident that the women's basketball program will continue to improve and become more successful for years to come.
The beginning of my career here proved to be a challenge worth conquering. Learning to balance a college academic schedule with playing Division I basketball was very hard. Early in my freshman and sophomore years I had to battle some illnesses and injuries. I know that doing so made me a stronger person and a better competitor. I had the opportunity to play with talented girls those years who I continue to talk to today. When Coach Serio entered the program before my junior year, I knew Duquesne women's basketball was in for an awakening. She liked to play an up-tempo style offense that would put points on the board and a high-pressure defense, both of which played into my strengths as an individual. Her strategy fit our team's personnel and I tried to change my game to help our team succeed. I owe a lot to Coach Serio. She helped the team and I get better every day. She challenged us to play hard in practices and in games and to never quit. She brings a winning attitude with her every day. I feel honored to have played under her and to have learned all that she was willing to share. Since we were both undersized and both played the point guard position, there was a connection between us that I appreciated. I couldn't have asked for a better influence to finish my collegiate career. Our entire staff was committed to putting time and energy into making our team better, and for that I am truly thankful.
"The Years to Come..."
I'm currently getting ready to graduate and leave Duquesne with a major in Corporate Communications. I was married last summer to my boyfriend of five years, Adam Kaack. He is also graduating this spring from the University of Pittsburgh. He and my family have been extremely supportive throughout my athletic and academic career. Adam and l will begin a new chapter in our life together with the opportunity that I have of playing professional basketball overseas. I recently signed with an agent and am waiting for my options to continue playing in Europe. I'm excited to continue my career because I haven't lost the love for the game just yet. I'm not ready to call it "quits," and I owe that to Duquesne for the positive experience that I am leaving with. Not only am I leaving a successful collegiate career behind me, but I leave with a prestigious degree that has me prepared for a successful future beyond basketball.