Some of the top female basketball players in the country stopped by to talk hoops with students at Carroll Bell Elementary and Terrell Wells Middle schools on March 25. The Augustana Vikings and Nova Southeastern Sharks are both part of the NCAA Division II Elite 8 Women’s Quarterfinals Tournament taking place here in San Antonio, but before the girls hit the hardwood, they shared their stories with Harlandale kids.
“Just coming together, competing hard, and practicing every day, encouraging each other and just working hard for the same goals got us here. Now we are trying to get more fans out and it’s important to us because it’s the same as men’s basketball. The Elite 8 is a very, very challenging tournament, and its Southeastern’s first time,” said Danielle Robinson, the Sharks’ team captain.
The quarterfinal matchups are set for March 26 at the Bill Greehey Arena and dozens of Harlandale students will be there to cheer on their new favorite teams, remembering what they learned from the players.
“Set goals, short term goals and long term goals and never let anyone tell you what you can’t do. Keep pushing and working hard,” stressed Robinson.