Alix Membreno of Navy hugs teammate Erin Edwards during the final seconds of the Mids' loss to Maryland Saturday in the NCAA Tournament.
March 19, 2012
By Kate Fagan
Erin Edwards will be a pilot.
After she graduates from Navy in the spring, she'll head to Florida for training.
But on Saturday afternoon, Edwards wasn't thinking about what comes next.
She was thinking about what's come before. She was standing on Maryland's Gary Williams court, absorbing the final seconds of her college basketball career.
She was thinking about her teammates. She wanted to make sure -- even before the final buzzer sounded -- that they knew how important they were. And how much she'd miss playing with them.
On that final possession, Edwards had time to think about something other than playing defense because Maryland was holding the ball, allowing the remaining seconds to drain. Navy, the No. 15 seed, had done everything it could. The Midshipmen had been tied early, 17-17, and went to halftime with a fighting chance.
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