|'It goes by fast.'|
By Samantha Cyphers, Idaho Athletic Media Relations
University of Idaho basketball senior Emily Doran has spent the past four years with the Idaho Vandals. In that time she has experienced the transitions between new coaches and all the new opportunities that came with it.
"It has been an overall good experience," said Doran, a graduate of Crescent Valley High School at Corvallis, Ore. "I have been here with Yinka (Olofunnife) and Rachelle (Kloke) all four years. I have been through everything with them. With the coaching change and all the new players in the program, we have gotten to meet a lot of people through it."
Doran's four years as a student-athlete at the University of Idaho have provided her with great experiences and a great perception of the Vandal community.
"It's been fun. Idaho and the Vandal community is just a great place, and people to be around. People are friendly. We all know each other," Doran said.
In highlighting her past experiences, one memory stood out from all the rest. The 2008-09 season the Idaho Vandals headed to Fresno State to take on, at that time, the nationally ranked team.
"One of my favorite game memories was beating Fresno State, I think it was a couple of years ago, at Fresno, and we were just so excited because they were ranked I think in the top 30," Doran said. "It was just a really fun win and we were all really excited."
Through good times and trying moments Doran has been able to cherish all that the team and the coaches have provided her.
"The coaches have taught us not only basketball stuff but how life is going to be in the real world. It sounds kind of stupid but it's true," Doran said. "They have taught us responsibility and taking care of things on and off the court."
With the season winding down Doran has high expectations for what is to come of the Vandals' future. Next week, the women's basketball team will be heading to Las Vegas for the Western Athletic Conference Tournament.
"I want to win. I want to win the WAC. It's been our goal all along. We just want to surprise people at the WAC tournament," Doran said. "We have had some injuries but hopefully everyone will be rested and ready to go."
As a bio chemistry major, Doran has a bright future ahead of her. For other student-athletes, she had only one piece of advice.
"It goes by quick," Doran said. "Just enjoy it and take one day at a time."