College Spotlight: Glenville State to Host NCAA D-II Women's Basketball Atlantic Regional
March Madness is in the air. You can practically feel the buzz around Glenville. The Lady Pioneers are not only going dancing, they're the top seed and the favorite to win the NCAA Tournament's Atlantic Region.
"It all feels like a dream. It's an amazing ride that we're on right now. But the good thing about it is, it could not have been with a better group," Glenville State Women's Basketball Head Coach Charles Marshall said.
"I'm ready. I can't wait for it. This place is going to be packed from wall to wall. People are going to be standing. It's going to be loud. I can't wait," Pioneers senior guard Ginny Mills said.
"Adrenaline rushing. I'm excited right now like I'm playing tomorrow. But I just think, just like when we were in Charleston -- it was a lot of adrenaline. If you had little aches and pains, you ain't gonna feel them," Glenville State senior guard Kenyell Goodson said.
Understanding Glenville's success now is easy, but remembering the struggle it took to get them here has been difficult. Former Head Coach Bunky Harkleroad left only a few days before the start of the season to pursue a Division-I coaching job. The keys were then given to Charles Marshall -- a familiar face around the Lady Pioneer program.
"Getting a coach late, that was a big blow to them," Marshall reiterated. "Losing their coach that a lot of these players have known for the past four years and they were hurt. They just wanted to come out and play the season and just give it everything they had. And that's what they did."
The multi-million-dollar Waco Center will be the new home to G-S-C basketball next year. But you cannot close the door completely on the Jesse R. Lilly Gymnasium.
Instead, they'll have to swing the doors back open for another week. The Glenville State women's basketball team received the number one seed in the NCAA Tournament's Atlantic Region on Sunday, which now means Glenville State College will host the Atlantic Region later this week. It's something that hasn't been done since 2007. Coaches and players agree, it's the right way to send the Lilly out on top.
"Your ultimate goal is to win a National Championship," Marshall said. "Thankfully, we're right here. We have a shot at being able to make sure we take it all the way."
Taking it all the way has become much easier, now that the road to an Atlantic Region Championship goes through Glenville.