Checking in With Tori

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Women's basketball player Tori Niemann will write a weekly blog entry to keep Tiger fans in the know on the Mizzou women's basketball team. Check back early week for updates!

It's almost time to move back to Columbia.  I feel like my time at home has flown by, but I'm excited to go back to school and be in the gym with my teammates, old and new.  There are eight of us returning and we are welcoming five new faces to our family.  I cannot believe that Paige, Maggie and I have a year of experience under our belts.  I still remember our first couple of weeks at school.  We had big eyes and constantly felt lost.  We were never exactly sure where to go or how hard a workout was going to be or what a class was going to be like, but we survived.  I think this summer will be a little more relaxed and it will be our turn to help the new wide-eyed freshmen become adjusted.

On Memorial Day, I went to Gorin, Missouri, and visited the cemetery my grandpa is buried in.  He was a World War II veteran.  All of the veteran's graves were marked with small flags and the drive was lined with larger flags.  It was a neat moment when we first pulled in to see so many flags.  After spending a moment at my grandpa's grave, my mom showed us some other graves of much older relatives.  We were able to find my great-great-great-great grandma Beersheba's grave (how would you like to have that for a name?).  It was a good day and I got to learn more about where I come from.  We should all be thankful for the heroes that are serving and have served our country as well as being thankful for our families that are here or that have passed on.

Next time you hear from me I will be in Columbia!

Peace, Love, and Basketball.

Tori Niemann

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