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Perseverance: Sidelined star Whitney Hand ‘still a captain’

By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer, Published: April 4, 2010
The sophomore guard suffered a season-ending knee injury in November.

"Some days are a lot worse than other days. I’m like, ‘Bah, I wanna play so bad.’ And other days, I’m like, ‘OK, it is what it is.’

"Game days are harder. The mornings of game days are harder.

"Game time is fun just because they deserve everything they’ve gotten.

"Obviously, if you’re a competitor you want to play. I don’t want that to ever go away, even this year. I’d be a little concerned if I was OK with not playing.

"I’m still a captain. My job is to still encourage them, help them and serve them any way I can.

"The good days are practices, days I can be involved by talking to them or off days where I just hang out with them and love on them. That’s where I get my joy.

"I’d like to think I’m kind of optimistic, but at the same time, I’ve had to work on the don’t-put-on-a-face thing.