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My First Final Four

03/21/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. -  Emma Roberson, A16, and the rest of the Tufts women's basketball game walk through the curtain into the Quandt Fieldhouse to face FDU-Florham in their NCAA Division III Women's Final Four game on Mar. 21, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

I spent quite a bit of time on the road in Wisconsin last week, thanks to a historic run to the NCAA Division III Final Four by the Tufts women’s basketball team. Having covered this team for the past few years, and seeing them knocking on the door for quite some time now, it was an honor to get the chance to tag along with them as they made it further in the tournament than any other team in school history.

03/19/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. - The women's basketball team crams in to a photo booth during the team social event for the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four on Mar. 19, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/19/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. – The women's basketball team crams in to a photo booth during the team social event for the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four on Mar. 19, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

I approached the coverage like a road diary for the team, chronicling everything that they did behind the scenes in addition to the game action. Unfortunately, the team’s first ever trip to the Final Four didn’t go their way as they lost to eventual-national champions FDU-Florham in the first game, but it clearly didn’t seem to phase these remarkable women as the seniors ended their careers by having a blast in the consolation game.

03/22/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. - Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, jokes around with teammates with the NCAA fourth-place trophy after their 72-54 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four consolation game at Quandt Fieldhouse on Mar. 22, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/22/2014- Stevens Point, Wisc. – Tufts guard Liz Moynihan, A14, jokes around with teammates with the NCAA fourth-place trophy after their 72-54 loss to Wisconsin-Whitewater in the NCAA Division III Women's Final Four consolation game at Quandt Fieldhouse on Mar. 22, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

It was an exhausting trip, with 5-straight 16 or longer-hour days, but hopefully I’ll be able to get enough rest to do it again next season!

To get a complete chronicle of everything that went down in Stevens Point, check out the Tufts women’s basketball page over at Tufts Athletics, or take a look at a slightly condensed gallery of my time in Wisconsin below.


2014 Tufts Women’s Basketball Final Four – Images by Kelvin Ma

NESCAC Champions!

It’s been a long time coming for the Tufts women’s basketball team. Despite more than a decade of dominance at or near the top of NESCAC and the national scene, the women’s team finally captured the elusive conference championship last Sunday afternoon.

What I like most about covering this team is their aggressive defensive style, which leads to a lot of downcourt turnovers and plays on the ground. It’s pretty different than a lot of the basketball I typically shoot in the men’s college and pro game, so I’m going heavier on that in this blog edit.

I’m psyched to be back in action this weekend as Tufts hosts the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament!

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, jumps into the arms of Tufts center Hayley Kanner, A15, after Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, jumps into the arms of Tufts center Hayley Kanner, A15, after Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, tries to dive in on Amherst's Savannah Holness in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, tries to dive in on Amherst's Savannah Holness in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, beats out Amherst's Marley Giddins for a rebound in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts guard Caitlin McClure, A14, beats out Amherst's Marley Giddins for a rebound in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, gets knocked over by Amherst's Jaimie Renner in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts forward Ali Rocchi, A14, gets knocked over by Amherst's Jaimie Renner in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts fans hold up cardboard cutouts of the women's basketball team in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game against Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts hold up cardboard cutouts of the women's basketball team in the first half of the NESCAC Championship game against Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. - Tufts head coach Carla Berube cuts down the net following Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University) (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

03/02/2014- Medford, Mass. – Tufts head coach Carla Berube cuts down the net following Tufts' 62-46 NESCAC Championship game win over Amherst at Cousens Gymnasium on Mar. 2, 2014. It is Tufts' first ever NESCAC Championship. (Kelvin Ma/Tufts University)

Three’s A Charm

So while everyone else was digging out of Winter Storm Nemo, I was sent to the Garden to cover the Celtics as they hosted the Denver Nuggets.

Triple Overtime. Celtics win. ‘Nuff said.

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Jeff Green celebrates after scoring against the Nuggets in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Jeff Green celebrates after scoring against the Nuggets in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Nuggets center Kosta Koufos fight for a rebound in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Kevin Garnett and Nuggets center Kosta Koufos fight for a rebound in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013.

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Chris Wilcox goes up for a layup between Nuggets center Kosta Koufos, left, and Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Chris Wilcox goes up for a layup between Nuggets center Kosta Koufos, left, and Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Brandon Bass tries to block a shot from Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Brandon Bass tries to block a shot from Nuggets forward Andre Iguodala in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Kevin Garnett screams after a score against the Nuggets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Kevin Garnett screams after a score against the Nuggets in the second quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013.

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics guard Jason Terry rallies Celtics fans after scoring a 3-pointer in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics guard Jason Terry rallies Celtics fans after scoring a 3-pointer in the first quarter of their NBA basketball game at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013.(Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Nuggets center JaVale McGee block a shot from Celtics guard Avery Bradley in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Nuggets center JaVale McGee block a shot from Celtics guard Avery Bradley in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013.(Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce gets fouled by Nuggets guard Andre Miller during the first overtime of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Paul Pierce gets fouled by Nuggets guard Andre Miller during the first overtime of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler tries to drive through the defense of Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, and Celtics forward Chris Wilcox in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler tries to drive through the defense of Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, and Celtics forward Chris Wilcox in the second half of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce tries to intercept a pass to Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari in the third overtime of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Paul Pierce tries to intercept a pass to Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari in the third overtime of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics forward Paul Pierce pumps his fist after a score against the Nuggets in the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics forward Paul Pierce pumps his fist after a score against the Nuggets in the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) -- Celtics guard Jason Terry celebrates the end of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win over the Nuggets at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013. Herald Photo by KELVIN MA. (Kelvin Ma)

(Boston, Mass., 02/10/13) — Celtics guard Jason Terry celebrates the end of the Celtics' 118-114 triple overtime win over the Nuggets at the TD Garden on Feb. 10, 2013.(Kelvin Ma)

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