Thanks for the memories

Updated: March 17, 2004, 12:14 AM ET

(Editor's note: Senior Morgan Valley, a 6-foot reserve guard at Connecticut, has shared a diary with ESPN.com throughout the season.)

March 4, 2004

Morgan Valley
Over 24 games, Morgan Valley is shooting 47.8 percent from the field and averaging 2.3 points and 3.0 boards.
As soon as Senior Night came, it left. I cannot describe the emotion that I felt on Tuesday night. I was trying to hold back a little, but when coach Auriemma's daughter, Alysa, started to sing the National Anthem, I could not hold back any longer. It was quite a night.

All the parents looked so sharp, and the three of us (seniors) were glad to have them there to see our final game at home. Your freshman year you know that you will eventually be a senior, but when it finally comes to that last game at Gampel Pavilion, there is nothing quite like it.

The fans were great and we appreciate all the support they have given us over the last four years. They play such a huge part in our success here at Connecticut and we would just like to thank them for that. I could never comprehend trading in the experience that I have had here at UConn.

The coaches, my teammates, the fans and families who have come through this program are just so awesome. Senior Night is a sad night, but on the other hand, it is a wonderful celebration of four years of your life which you have dedicated to a group of people working toward a common goal.

This is the best college basketball program in the country and I will forever be dedicated to all those who have helped me to grow and become a better person.

Thank you, UConn! To my girls, the locker room was off the hook. I love ya'll and you made our final night in Storrs a great one!

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