An Extra Post, 2-26-24

Guess I didn’t talk about the Iowa-Illinois game yesterday. Iowa won 101-85 and Caitlin had a stellar game again. Just two more games and then the tournament March 7-9. What will I do when it’s all over? No games to look forward to – ugh – although I will start following the men’s final four which starts when the women are done.

Everyone is wondering if Caitlin will stay at Iowa for another year or enter the draft and end up at Indiana. If YOU are a Caitlin follower, what do you think she’ll do?

33 thoughts on “An Extra Post, 2-26-24

  1. Donna Jo

    Mary, I thought you had dropped the ball (Ha!) when you didn’t mention the game! My BIL says if they win the tournament she will turn pro but if they lose the tournament, she will come back for another year. I am still debating on whether to watch Wednesday night at the bar but I won’t miss Sunday’s game!

  2. Carol

    I think Caitlin will go pro. She has had a stellar year and it would be pretty hard to top this one. She will most likely be drafted by Indiana which would be close to her family, plus her current boyfriend works for the Pacers so they would be in one city.

    It just might be time to move forward for her.

  3. Susan K in Texas

    My hubby says she can make more money now staying in college. I know as a mom I would tell her to get her degree before moving on. I have enjoyed the media coverage she and other top female athletes are bringing to women’s sports.

    1. Martha W in WY

      Doesn’t she have enough credits for a degree now. (You probably don’t know that detail) This is her 4th year, so she should have enough credits. Next year would be her 5th year and she can play bb because of a COVID year.

  4. Martha W in WY

    Mary, I agree with Donna Jo. I was also surprised that you didn’t mention the Iowa game. I was so disappointed that it wasn’t on tv (even Peacock didn’t have it). 😞 I’m hoping that the next ones will be.

  5. Sheryl Harrison

    My beloved piano teacher told me “You won’t always be able to play ball but you will always be able to play the piano.” Not that Caitlin is playing the piano but my piano teacher was very wise and I should have listened to her. She would tell Caitlin to get a degree.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sheryl – I say the same thing about band – if they have to choose a clarinet or piano, I ask them if they’ll ever play clarinet as an adult. Yes, Caitlin should get her degree. So, Sheryl, do you play the piano for church or just for your own pleasure?

      1. Sheryl Harrison

        My sister and I took piano lessons from the time we were 5 or 6 until Jr. High. I was losing interest when my piano teacher told me I would always be able to play the piano but wouldn’t always be able to play ball. I also played the clarinet in band.

        I wasn’t wonderful at either instrument but I did play the piano at church years ago when my boys were young. It was because there wasn’t a choice…it was me or no piano player. I should have listened to my piano teacher!!!

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Sheryl – in my little high school I was the only one who could play with any degree of ability. So that’s what high school became for me. I played ball, too, but I was a much better pianist than ball player! I lost interest in high school, too, but my mom was determined I become a piano player and I had a really tough teacher. Today I can count with excellence! Ha!

          1. Sheryl Harrison

            The conversation got off track (to pianos) but I really enjoyed it because it brought back wonderful memories of my piano teacher. She was my grandmother’s age and very loving and kind. When we wanted to play popular music, she would say “you have to learn your piece from the lesson book, then a hymn for when you play in church, then you can play a popular piece.” She stuck to that so we practiced our lesson and a hymn. She bought the popular sheet music we requested. I was too shy to play in church and thought I never would but I did. And I often thought of her words “for when you play in church.” I loved her!

          2. Mary Etherington Post author

            Sheryl – my teacher wanted only classical music but my mother insisted I learn to play hymns – she must have been on to something because I’ve been a church pianist for 65 years!!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Sheryl – whoops! I think I misunderstood – did you play ball instead of piano?

      1. Sheryl Harrison

        I played both ball and piano. My teacher wanted me to continue with lessons when I lost interest.

  6. Diane, Squeak, and Buddy in Central Ohio

    I am guessing she might stay, but I am not sure. We are going to watch the Iowa vs OSU game IF it is on tv. Probably not😛. We do not get Peacock. We will be cheering for OSU. It is 60* here.

  7. Diane Deibler

    She’ll stay another year I think. She’ll be on the bottom of the ladder if she goes pro. She’s got a good gig going where she’s at. We have watched all the games and enjoy watching the whole team. They are a class act for sure.

  8. Sunflower 🌻 from Michigan

    Mary,
    I think Caitlin’s decision will rest on her reaching Pete Maravich’s record. She only needs 51 points to break the record. If she does that and wins the tournament, she’ll go pro. The pressure on her is intense. I have enjoyed watching the Iowa women this year so much!
    I made a roast with potatoes,carrots,onions, and celery tonight. It was so good! And smelled heavenly while cooking. I’m sending my soup recipe tonight.

  9. Another Shirley in Oregon

    Another player to keep an eye on is Grace Beyer. She plays for the University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis, Missouri. Last time I checked, Grace had a career total of 3,842 points, 249 ahead of Caitlin. Only difference is Grace plays at the NAIA level. But any way you look at it, they’re both phenomenal players.

    1. Mary Etherington Post author

      Another Shirley – I’m going to look her up. Tell me how you know about this young woman!

      1. Another Shirley in Oregon

        I learned about Grace quite by accident. Just happened to see something on Yahoo News the other day and I couldn’t resist following her story.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Another Shirley – sure was fun to read about her – I, too, will check in on her status. Thanks!

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Another Shirley – oh, I wish she were at a Big Ten school! But she’ll be a pharmacist – a great career and a fun time playing basketball. Thanks so much for telling me about her!

  10. Carmen

    I think she will stay if she still has eligibility. Why? Because she is making a ton of money from NIL. Something I don’t like, but it is not just her. I think it is bad for college sports.

  11. Gloria from CC

    If Iowa wins the championship in March I think Caitlin will move on to a professional team. Even though she will be considered a rookie, I don’t think she’ll ever start at the bottom. Any team will be lucky to have drafted a phenomenal player like Caitlin .
    I read with interest the exchange about piano lessons. I started playing piano at age six, played in several recitals and then in Junior High started organ lessons. I played the organ for our church Christmas Eve programs throughout high school. The day I graduated I never touched a piano or organ since. Sad but true.

    1. Sheryl Harrison

      That is sad. We should challenge ourselves to sit at the piano at 3 or 4 days a week for 20 minutes. Or 2 songs. I am crazy rusty and I cringe thinking what it would sound like. This conversation might motivate me to stop by the piano before starting my day.

      Gloria, if you don’t have a piano, maybe you could get a keyboard. I’m not sure how expensive they are but the investment wouldn’t be as great as a piano.

      1. Mary Etherington Post author

        Sheryl – it was always my goal is work on a new hard piano piece and I still haven’t done it! Your suggestion might be the answer.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Gloria – it’s very sad that you don’t still play – it’s a big part of my life and I am grateful to my mom who wouldn’t let me quit!

      1. Gloria from CC

        I think the reason I quit is because I felt I was playing because I thought my grandma and my dad wanted me to play. My grandma (my dad’s mom) had a beautiful upright piano that she was planning on giving to her first granddaughter (which turned out to me). I was the first girl born on my dad’s side in six generations! The piano was moved to our house when I was six. Now you know the rest of the story. I didn’t want to disappoint my grandma so I took lessons for eleven years. When my parents moved they asked me if I wanted the piano and I told them no.

        1. Mary Etherington Post author

          Gloria – it was always accepted that the piano was mine when I got a house but when I did and asked for the piano, Mom wanted to keep it so I had to buy my own. I had a spinet, then an studio piano and then finally the grand piano which I absolutely love! It would come back to you quickly, Gloria, if you ever wanted to take a few lessons again.

  12. Kim from Wi

    I hope she stays in Iowa and gets her degree, it would be a good safety net for the time after basketball. I think parents send children to college to get that piece of paper so we don’t have to worry. Our daughter begged for a piano and for lessons, which we invested in, 13 years of private lessons from a true task master, she taught music theory and the classical scores. Our daughter went on to play for her high school musical while still a student and her teacher helped her with those pieces. To this day she plays, piano, button box (owned by our mother) violin & banjo (owned by her grandfather) and recently the mountain dulcimer. Music brings her joy and she continues to play for us and for her own enjoyment. I have no musical talents, no one wants me to sing but I do appreciate others who do.

    1. Sheryl Harrison

      Kim, I loved reading about your daughter’s musical gift. What a blessing! Thank you for sharing her story.

      All of this piano talk motivated me to sit at the piano after coffee and email yesterday morning. I got out lesson books with classical pieces, sheet music and a hymnal and played 4 songs before I started my day. My playing deserved a good eye roll but I plan to keep practicing.

      I also decided to start walking again every afternoon before I settle in for the evening but the wind was crazy wild yesterday so I will put that off a day or two. Hopefully I can make a habit of piano practice and walking.

    2. Mary Etherington Post author

      Kim – I love hearing about your daughter’s piano and musical talent! I never took up another instrument but Becky plays many string instruments. One year at state music contest I played for 121 different entries and one judge called me to her table to see if my fingers were worn down – haha!! My mom had to go along and drive me from location to location where each entry was held in different buildings in the little town. Here’s a funny story – those were the days of high heels and I insisted on a new pair – to wear that day!!! No wonder my mom drove me. Stupid teenager.

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