Thursday, November 16, 2006
Dude Hall of Fame Inductee: The Journey
Transfers Nicole Erickson and Michele VanGorp made the journey from West Lafayette, Indiana, and brought with them a kid from Peru, Indiana named Lauren Rice
Senior Hilary Howard made the journey from Scarsdale, New York.
Sophomore Georgia Schweitzer journeyed in from Ohio.
Gail Goestenkors led them, and 7 others, on a journey for the ages.
The Journey began on a gloomy note in a crushing defeat to Connecticut in San Jose witnessed by 3/4 of the Committee, but gosh did it ever end gloriously, right back in San Jose, for the Final Four.
Along the way, the Journey went 15-1 in the regular season, including a sweep of North Carolina that was punctuated by a win on Senior Day in front of a record-setting crowd.
But the season's exclaimation point was delivered on a chilly night in Greensboro, where the Journey stunned heavily-favored Tennessee, led by the Mighty Meeks Trio of Chamique Holdsclaw, Sameeka Randall and Tamika Catchings.
With a plucky Georgia Schweitzer leading the way, the Journey held on to a single-digit lead in the last 10 minutes for a white knuckled win that punched their ticket to the Final Four. A win that literally had 1/2 of the Committee shaking in disbelief on press row for the game's final 5 minutes.
Although the Journey's improbable dream season came to a premature halt against Purdue in the National Championship, it was a dream of a journey nonetheless
For taking the Dude Committee and their fans on an exhilirating ride for the ages, the Dude Committee proudly honors an inaugural and unanimous selection into the Dude Hall of Fame: The Journey