Thursday, May 4, 2006
House and Senate recognize women's basketball team
By Rebecca Wyatt, OU Web Writer
|OU's women's basketball team receives the written resolution signed by members of the senate, congratulating them on their success this year.|
In recognition of their accomplishment as one of two women’s basketball teams from the state of Michigan to make the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament, the state House and Senate honored OU’s team on Wednesday, May 3 in Lansing.
Through a written resolution, members of the Michigan House and Senate congratulated the team, support staff, trainers and coaches, including Head Coach Beckie Francis.
The resolution stated, “With the collective skill, work ethic and attitude that made this achievement possible, these young athletes are most deserving of our appreciation for their talent and commitment. May each of these members of this successful team continue to call upon the discipline and endurance that they have learning in the spirit of competition to realize much sustained success in all of their future endeavors.”
The resolution was signed by Shirley Johnson, senator from the 13th district; Gilda Jacobs, senator from the 14th district; Nancy Cassis, senator from the 15th district; Deborah Cherry, senator from the 26th district; and Michael Bishop, senator from the 12th district.
Oakland University’s women’s basketball team won the Mid-Continent Conference tournament in March, given them an automatic berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament. The team took on first-seeded Ohio State University in the first round and was defeated.
This was the Golden Grizzlies second appearance in the NCAA tournament. Their first appearance was in 2002, also under the leadership of Francis.
For more information on OU’s second trip to the NCAA Division I Tournament, visit the Road to the NCAA Tournament Web page, which includes stories, photos and related links. For more information on the women’s basketball team, visit the OU Athletics Web site.