MINOT, N.D. - Wednesday, MSU's Women's Basketball team has their first exhibition game against Dickinson State and while the Beavers are gearing up to start their season, they also are ready to make it one to remember.
The Beavers are headed to their first battle of the season but to these athletes, it's been a grind all off-season long.
"A lot of people don't realize that we get up at six in the morning to come and do weights and then we have workouts throughout the day and then a two hour practice at night and go to classes throughout the day. So it's tough at times," said Diondra Denton, junior.
But to these ladies, it’s all worth it.
"Your mind just kind of goes somewhere else and your focus is taken off the heavy load of school. It's a good outlet to be able to, you know, turn your mind to other things other than school work all the time," said Reina Strand, freshman.
There are times when they need to be serious.
"If she kind of half takes my lane away, I'm going take on the contact and attack the basket," said Sheila Green Gerding, MSU Women’s Basketball Head Coach.
But also times when they can let loose and times when they learn something they weren't expecting.
"Basketball is a game in life. They have to work hard and be there for their teammates and maybe do things that they don't particularly enjoy doing, but they got to go to work every day and do it to the best of their ability. All these things that they are learning from being in athletics is something that will carry them through life," said Green Gerding.
In addition to the lessons, they'll also make memories that will last a lifetime.
"It really isn't about the basketball games, and I tell them all the time that they can honestly look back on their career, and they won't really remember the score of the game. They might remember big moments, but hopefully they remember the camaraderie of the team and all the sweat and grind that they put in all the time," said Green Gerding.
And make a couple of life-long friends along the way.
"There's people that I hope to be in touch with for the rest of my life. Future bridesmaids for sure," said Shyla Carr, sophomore.
Making this season one to remember.