Our hopes and hearts go out to members of the Michigan Tech women's basketball team today, as they get ready to play what is undoubtedly one of the most memorable games of their lives to date.
In case you haven't heard, Coach Kim Cameron has led her team to the national championships in St. Joseph, Mo.
At 8 tonight, the No. 3-ranked Huskies will take on No. 2 Clayton State of Georgia.
There's been a lot of talk about these games and this particular team. The Huskies have made it to the Elite Eight twice before, just to be knocked out in the first round.
Expectations were understandably cautious this year. Tuesday, in the quarterfinals, the Huskies faced No. 1-ranked Arkansas Tech, a powerhouse known for its offense. But that proved no match for Michigan Tech's defensive game, when the Huskies dropped them 69-58, reaching the Final Four for the first time since 1993.
With that 2x-monkey off their backs, the Huskies faced No. 19 Northwest Missouri State Wednesday, in front of thousands of opposing fans who made the 40-mile trip to St. Joe.
It was a nailbiter for much of the game, but when it was all over, the Huskies had defeated the Bearcats 89-78.
Devoted fans and recent converts alike who watched that game could not have missed the complete confidence shown in every facial expression and move the women made on the court.
Despite the speculation, the bright lights, the hoopla and the spectacle of it all, this team has shown that focus, drive and all-out heart can overcome some formidable obtacles.
In an industry that loves its statistics, here's one to ponder: this is the first time since 1976 that a Michigan Tech team, in any sport, has made it to a national championship.
Whether they win or lose tonight, that milestone speaks volumes.