I’ve written about my only real rooting interest in sports these days—the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team. I’ve been a big fan of this admirable program for well over a decade. In 2002, the squad was perhaps the best in the history of the game. On their way to the national championship that year, they played a famous “perfect ten minutes” against another annual contender, Old Dominion University.

I just read here that ODU has recruited Maire Buchan, of Dunipace, who will be the first Scot to win an athletic scholarship (I know it’s a contradiction in terms, but she sounds like a good student, too) to play women’s hoops US. She must have a lot of potential to interest the Monarchs—ODU has won its conference championship every year since 1992.

She undoubtedly will find the experience intense and challenging, perhaps at times a little overwhelming. I expect she’ll also find it welcoming, encouraging, and stimulating. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for her. Very best of luck to Maire!

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