Tuesday, July 27, 2010

ODU's Buchan savoring "best moment in my career"

If you've followed Ladyswish in the last couple weeks -- and surely you have -- you already know about Old Dominion's Mairi Buchan leading the Great Britain National Team to its first Division B title. The Brits edged Slovakia 47-46 at the U20 European Championships in Kavadarci, Macedonia.

Lady Monarch junior Buchan, whose new Facebook profile pic is above, had a fantastic tournament, scoring 13 points in the final, and her ODU teammate Becca Allison pulled down a team-best nine rebounds in the game. Great Britain, which has only played Division B at the women's and men's U20 level since 2006, allowed just 14 points in the first half. The victory means they will play in Division A next summer and who knows? Buchan, who averaged 10.7 points and 7.7 rebounds, just might be part of the Brits' Olympic team in 2012, and remember, The Games are in London.

For now, Buchan is cherishing the championship in Macedonia.

"It is definitely the best moment in my career so far, especially because no other Great Britain team, senior or age-group, has ever won gold before," she said. "It was an fantastic feeling to win and it was great to know that all of the hard work in the months after our season at ODU had paid off. I couldn't have asked for a better team to play with or a better coaching staff to play under. Just had a great time overall and wish I could relive the final all over again!"

We're hoping all that experience will pay off when Buchan returns to Norfolk for Lady Monarch season.

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