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The holidays are upon us and I love the joyfulness and cheer that

surrounds this festive time. I also love receiving Christmas letters from dear friends and family. As you well know, coaching leaves me little time to create my own obligatory Christ-mas letter update, so I thought The Lady Panther Post would be a perfect outlet for me to take a crack at the “condensed version.” I know what many of you are thinking, “Coach, we are already Facebook Friends so I know entirely too much of your life as it is!” 

So, I will leave out the boring details of my husband’s recent 4.0 in CRNA school, dad’s suc-cessful knee replacement, (he’s a new man), my mom’s early retirement (yay!) or my sister’s first home purchase and her engagement to Drury basketball alum, Adam White! (Like how I snuck those in there?!? )

We recently had our Lady Panther Christmas party at my house and that evening encom-passed why I love being a coach. Drury has now removed my “interim” tag and you know what the first thing that came to my mind was, “I get to keep coaching these girls, awe-some.” At the Christmas party, there was so much laughter and joy, and that, to me, is what being a team is all about. We have fun together, we go to battle together, let’s face it... we spend a lot of our waking hours together, so to have the bonds and connections this team does makes our lives so much more enjoyable. It’s that time of year to reflect on all our blessings and I can’t say it enough, God has blessed me beyond belief. Thank you to the community, Drury, Lady Panther parents, fans and players and all my friends and family for a wonderful 2014! I can’t wait to see what this next year brings.

Have a safe and blessed holiday season!

Here is your chance to show your support for the Lady Panthers by signing up to feed our girls over Christmas break. Thank you so much for your commitment towards

the Lady Panthers. We greatly appreciate it.



Call Nita at (417) 873-6810 or email her at aslaugh-ter@drury.edu to sign up to feed the team!


If you could be another person for a week, who would it be and why?

Jennifer Lawrence, because she is Katniss in the Hunger Games!

What are you looking forward to this season?

I look forward to making more memories with my teammates. Also, seeing us improve throughout the


Who do you think is the funniest team-mate? Heather or Casey! Food: Sushi Candy: Snickers TV Show: Walking Dead Music Artist: Eric Church DECEMBER Monday, December 29 Steve Hesser/Panthers Ra-dio Show, 6 to 7 p.m.


Monday, January 5 - Molly Miller/Lady Panthers Ra-dio Show, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 6 - Steve Hesser/Panthers Basketball Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Monday, January 12 - Steve Hesser/Panthers Radio Show, 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 13 Molly Miller/Lady Pan-thers Basketball Lunch-eon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, January 19 Molly Miller/Lady Pan-thers Radio Show, 6 to 7 p.m.


What are you currently doing career-wise?

I work for a vacation ownership company called Diamond Resorts Interna-tional in LasVegas, NV. I am a Quality Assurance Officer. I have been with the company for 5 years.

What do you miss most about being a Lady Panther?

I miss my Lady Panther friends and family the most. The best part about being a Lady Panther was the camaraderie we had with each other. We went through a lot of tough challenges, but we always made it through because we were all going through the same thing. It makes you really understand what being a part of a team is all about!

What advice would you give current players?

It's tough being a collegiate athlete, but when it is over you will look back on it as one of the best time periods of your life. You have a special opportunity to do something great. I would say don't take it for granted. Practice and play everyday like it is your last. Embrace the love and support that you receive from your incredible Lady Panther fans! Looking back you realize it is such a short time in your life, so give it 100% of your focus.


Ever wanted to travel with your beloved Lady Panthers to an away game on the Team Bus? Well now is your chance! The Lady Panthers are offering a very limited number of seating to Lady Panthers

fans! Call today to reserve your spot!


Sunday, November 02, 2014 Avila University (exhibition) W 107-40 Saturday, November 08, 2014 Lyon College (exhibition) W 77-59

Friday, November 14, 2014 Colorado Christian Univ W 84-76

Saturday, November 15, 2014 Colorado Mesa Univ W 81-58

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 Southwest Baptist Univ W 80-62 Saturday, November 22, 2014 Washburn University L 79-87

Friday, November 28, 2014 Pittsburg State Univ L 73-78 Saturday, November 29, 2014 Northeastern State Univ W 93-52

Thursday, December 4, 2014 Missouri S & T W 80-58

Monday, December 15, 2014 Univ of Central Missouri W 73-70 Thursday, December 18, 2014 Central Methodist Univ W 89-50

Friday, January 2, 2015 Univ of Indianapolis 4:45pm

Sunday, January 4, 2015 St. Joseph College (IN) 1:00pm

Thursday, January 08, 2015 Univ of Southern Indiana 5:45pm

Saturday, January 10, 2015 Bellarmine Univ 1:00pm

Thursday, January 15, 2015 Rockhurst Univ 5:15pm

Saturday, January 17, 2015 William Jewell Univ 1:00pm

Thursday, January 22, 2015 Maryville University 5:30pm

Saturday, January 24, 2015 Univ of Missouri St. Louis 1:00pm

Thursday, January 29, 2015 Truman State Univ 5:45pm

Saturday, January 31, 2015 Quincy Univ 1:00pm

Thursday, February 05, 2015 Univ of Illinois Springfield 5:45pm

Saturday, February 07, 2015 McKendree Univ 1:00pm

Thursday, February 12, 2015 Lewis University 5:30pm

Saturday, February 14, 2015 Univ of Wisconsin Parkside 1:00pm

Thursday, February 19, 2015 William Jewell Univ 5:45pm

Saturday, February 21, 2015 Rockhurst Univ 1:00pm



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