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BCC's Dr. Lake Eagerly Awaits Daughter's Role in Women's Basketball Championship Game
April 8, 2013 - Brevard Community College professor Dr. Marsha Lake will be watching proudly on Tuesday as the University of Connecticut plays for its eighth NCAA Division I women's basketball championship.
UConn plays Louisville in New Orleans on ESPN.
Dr. Lake's daughter Shea Ralph, a former women's basketball star at UConn, is an assistant to head coach Geno Auriemma. Among her responsibilities Ralph was assigned to handle scouting UConn's national semifinal opponent Notre Dame which had beaten the Huskies three times this season before UConn prevailed 83-65 on Monday night.
The game, while ending in a blowout, was tightly played for most of the first half and Dr. Lake admitted to having a hard time sleeping Monday night.
Now she is eagerly anticipating watching Tuesday night's game - and doing some hollering at the TV - with her husband Roy from their Cocoa Beach home. Also, Dr. Lake plans to spend needed de-compression time with Ralph on a mother-daughter get away in May.
Ralph, a former "Sports Illustrated" Women's Basketball Player of the Year and Honda Award winner for the nation's top female collegiate player, has been a UConn assistant since 2008.
Ralph also was on Auriemma's coaching staff for the 2012 Olympic Games in London where the U.S. women won the gold medal.
A former All-American and the Most Valuable Player of the 2000 NCAA Women's Final Four for UConn, Ralph followed the path blazed by her mother. As Marsha Mann, Dr. Lake played in the World University Games in 1973 and was the University of North Carolina's first women's basketball All-American in 1975. Her uniform number 44 was retired and hung from the rafters at UNC's Carmichael Auditorium. She also is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference's 50th anniversary team announced in 2003.
Dr. Lake teaches math at BCC's Titusville campus. She and her husband are both self-professed huge sports fans, with their daughter's games — both as a player and a coach — naturally taking precedence.