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HSU Cowgirls Celebrate Final Four Finish

By Joe Starkey



The party started when Dr. Morrow presented each of the players and coaches with a hand revised edition of “100 Years in HSU Sports”. Coach Shannon Briggs praised the team as a group that never quit and {{more}} were coming back when they ran out of time. She said we knew we were a Cinderella team but it really hit us when they had cars waiting at the airport to take us to our hotel and the Police Escort was for us. “We knew we weren’t in Abilene anymore!” A highlight of the evening was a lottery for 15 copies of the program from the Final 4 which had been signed by all of the team members. Another was a City Proclamation recognizing HSU’s first trip to the Final Four – in fact the first trip to the Final Four for the conference and Coach Brigg’s 100th win in just four seasons naming March 27, 2006 as HSU Cowgirls Day. President Turner could not be there but sent a representative to inform the crowd and the team that the team would receive rings in honor of their accomplishment. Shanika Conaway, a sophomore from Vernon, TX gave her best memories as “the trip was my first ever airplane ride and then we got a police escort from the airport to the hotel. Melissa Henley, a junior, who Coach Briggs praised as scoring her 1000th point in the final game forgot about that accomplishment and remembered the shock of the police escort and that “when we were coming back against Southern Maine – we never gave up.” Diana Martinez, a graduate assistant said it was “playing basketball where it all started and how hard the girls played. The first game we got in a hole and the girls were coming back but just ran out of time.” They all showed true heart. Lyssa Dennard, junior from Decatur, TX said it was getting to visit the Basketball Hall of Fame where her mother is a member and of course, the police escorts to the hotel and games.

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