The latest installment of our “Remembering Penn basketball” series features former DP sports editor Alyssa Kress (C ’13).
I was lucky enough to spend part of winter break junior year in Durham to cover the Quakers’ beatdown at the hands of the Blue Devils. As the players were packing up at the end of a New Year’s Eve practice, I ventured onto Coach K Court at Cameron and took a free throw. Well, missed a free throw — pretty badly, in fact, and in front of the watching eyes of the entire Penn basketball team.
I laughed it off and made an easier layup, so I crossed “make a basket at Cameron” off the bucket list. As I walked out of the stadium with some of the players, it became clear that the team bus either never came or had already left. I had my family’s minivan with me, and even though the Penn hotel was only a few minutes away, suddenly I had Quakers piling into my car.
I don’t remember everyone who was in the car — though Rob Belcore of course called shotgun — but I will never forget the absurdity of that two-minute drive to the hotel. It was much more entertaining than the 30-point loss the following day.
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