Leaving our fans with a big 'W'

Courtesy of Penn State Athletic Communications

After a win over Florida on Tuesday night, Maggie Lucas bid farewell to the Bryce Jordan Center.

Tuesday was a bittersweet day for me. It was my last time playing as a Lady Lion in front of our home fans, in my favorite place on earth -- Happy Valley. But it also was the day my teammates and I punched our ticket to the Sweet 16, and today we will be loading on the plane and heading out to Palo Alto, Calif.

We could not be happier to be where we are at this point in the season, and personally, there was nothing better than ending my time in the Bryce Jordan Center with a huge tourney “W.’’ We love our fans more than anything and wanted to leave them on a positive note as a thank-you for all of the support they have given us year in and year out.

For the seniors on our team, we can remember our freshman year when we lost to DePaul at home in the second round of the tournament. It was the kind of loss that when we were tired and felt like we couldn’t work any harder, we would remember it and it would push us to limits we never thought we could reach. That is a feeling we have carried with us our entire college career, and I know we took that emotion into our game Tuesday night.

I cannot begin to say how much the Bryce Jordan Center and all of the people who fill it regularly for Lady Lion games have meant to the team and me. I don’t think I could have asked for a better way to go out, and have never felt more blessed. Thanks, Penn State!

Looking forward, we are extremely happy to get on the plane and head out west. After a long winter here in Happy Valley, we are excited to see some sun and warm weather.

In the meantime, you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram @maggielucas33 for updates and a closer look into my NCAA tournament experience.