The wonder(ful) years

Originally Published: February 19, 2005

Editor's note: TCU's Sandora Irvin, the all-time NCAA Division I women's career blocks leader, will share a diary with ESPN.com for the remainder of the 2004-05 season.

Feb. 18, 2005

Sandora Irvin
From microwave mishaps to breaking NCAA marks, college has many good memories for Irvin.
Can you believe it!? We have only four home games left to play. I am what we say "crunk," because there is nothing better than playing in front of your home crowd. We have lost our last two games on the road and are really looking to play our best basketball these last two weekends.

We are a little disappointed -- OK, extremely disappointed -- in how we played last weekend, but we do understand that these two weekends will be very important and we have been practicing hard. I have also been working on my free throws. Last week, I missed too many and we can't have that.

The conference tournament will be in Charlotte this year and I hope we can play like we did my sophomore year. I will leave it at that.

Furthermore, I can't believe it will be the last four home games of my basketball career here at TCU. Although the season is coming to an end and we are in our second semester of school, it hasn't really dawned on me that I am a senior. I don't want to go; they can't make me!

I still remember the first day I walked on campus and the time my ex-teammate Maranda and I almost burnt down Moncrief Dorm. Man, was that funny! Maranda put a Jimmie Dean sausage patty in the microwave for 50 minutes. Now, this was a very tiny patty that only took five minutes at the most.

So there we were, talking and just having a good time, when I smelled something burning.

"Maranda," I said, "do you smell that?"

She replied with the most innocent, "What?"

I opened up the microwave and that patty was burnt so bad that smoked filled the entire fourth floor.

The alarm went off and Maranda dashed out of the room. I decided that I was a firefighter and stayed to put out the smoke. There I was, standing on a chair with my shirt in my hand fanning the smoke detector. I had already opened all the windows and everything. Everyone else evacuated the building like they were suppose to do, but I was determined to stop the chaos myself. When the real firefighters appeared, they had to carry me out. We were the laughing stock of the team my whole freshman year.

There are so many great memories, and my teammates and I are having the time of our lives. I have always been told that these four years would be THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE, and so far, that has held true.

Well, I've got to get some rest. We take on Charlotte tonight at 7 p.m. God bless you all and you will be hearing from me soon.

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