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March 17, 2008

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Faces of a champion

What does it take to win a national title? We asked ...

Tasha Rodgers, Washington U.

Tasha RodgersThen: Forward for 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001 national championship teams at Washington University. Named Most Outstanding Player of 2001 NCAA Tournament

Now: A government account manager for W.W. Grainger and All-Decade Team member, after playing basketball overseas in Sweden for one year

To win a national championship, you need ...


"To win a Division III basketball national championship, you need the audacity.

"You need the audacity to believe in yourself when your fans and opponents count you out.
"You need the audacity to walk and talk as the victor even after you have lost.

"You need the audacity to reach out for help even when you feel that you are at your best.
"You need the audacity to play with a little bit of ego at the risk of being called conceited.

"You need the audacity to selfishly deny your opponents what ultimately belongs to you.
"You need the audacity to claim not one division III national title but two.

"You need the audacity to attain your goal through strategy and tenacity.
"So, if you’re looking for what it takes, you have it ... it’s called SPURTS OF AUDACITY!”

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