Nov. 16, 2010
Junior guard Angela Puleo is writing a season-long blog for VUCommodores.com. A native of Maryville, Tenn., Puleo is in her first year playing with the Commodores after having to sit out last year due to NCAA transfer rules.
It was another eventful week at Vandy ... full of tests, practice, and games. Sometimes the pressures of school and basketball life can get a bit overwhelming. That feeling doesn't last for long, however, because putting on the Vandy jersey and the prospect of a Vanderbilt degree makes me realize how truly blessed I am.
After our exhibition win on Tuesday it was time to get ready for the games that "count." Exhibition games are productive because they allow the coaches and players to see where we are (and where we aren't!) in terms of being prepared for the games that follow. However, there is no denying that a W or an L on your record makes your blood race just a little bit faster.
We came out on Sunday against Howard and had a decent first showing. We did not play perfect but we did do some positive things. Steph played absolutely amazing and was named the SEC Freshman of the Week ... and it was extra special because her mom and dad were here to see her do it.
With our day off on Monday, Becca and I decided to tally up some girl points and headed to the nail salon to get a manicure. I know painted nails are not the most intimidating thing when you are on the basketball court, but it is nice to get pampered sometimes. However I must warn you, please come to the game on Thursday, but bring some eye protection because Becca decided to get really ambitious and go for some glitter polish. We decided to hold off on getting our toes done because we were afraid they might shut the place completely down when we unveiled our feet. Basketball players would definitely not be asked to be foot models! You never know, after we play Florida State next Sunday, we might just need to reward ourselves.
I also want to give a quick shout out to my mom who celebrated her birthday on Sunday! My sister, Meredith, and I are lucky to have the mom and dad that we do ... it never gets old having their love and support. Thanks, family.