Twenty years after head coach Marsha Sharp led her team to a national championship, the golden girls of Texas Tech basketball returned home to a hero's welcome.
"We had a lot of fun yesterday recalling everything - lots of memories. It was amazing to be a part of that," said Michelle Thomas. "It was awesome. I think some of us teared up again. It's just overwhelming. It truly is, it's just surreal."
Thomas was a freshman on that team, wearing number 35, and although she was resigned to being a role player that season, she knows that it was only through every player giving their all that Tech was able to claim the ultimate prize.
"When you play with people like Sheryl Swoopes and Krista Kirkland - someone has to play behind them, but I can guarantee you that I made them better every single practice because if they didn't want that position, momma was going to take it," Thomas said.
These days Thomas aspires to be a lawyer. She's studying hard to pass the bar exam, and although she would love to see the Lady Raiders win another national championship, she says being the only team to achieve that goal is not so bad for the time being.
"This is something that maintains and stays with you throughout the remainder of your life. It really is that tantamount to you. It's wonderful. Not that many people have the opportunity to experience something like that. I'm really glad I was a part of it," Thomas said.
Angie Labha is also an alumnus of the championship game, although you won't see her name on the team roster. She was on the sidelines as a cheerleader and the championship was the last time she had the chance to cheer on a double-T victory.
"It was so much fun. I couldn't have asked for a better way to end my time at Tech. It couldn't have been better," Labha said.
They left a legacy of pride for the university and for everyone who was involved.
They created a memory that stays with the school, the city, and the fans to this day.
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