Eugene, Ore. - The women’s basketball program’s freshman class of Darriel Gaynor, Jasmin Holliday and Amanda Johnson are in Eugene this summer, taking classes and getting to know the city they will call home for the next four years. Each week a different player will be updating www.GoDucks.com on how things are going for the trio. This week, Darriel checks in to tell us about her latest experiences.

We are done with our third week of summer school, and when I sit back and think about it, the last three weeks went by pretty fast.

During the first two weeks of our stay it got a little overwhelming with all the classwork, conditioning, weightlifting and open gym. But as time passes, I think we are moving in the right direction.

Coming to Eugene, I expected it to be a tough month trying to adjust to the lifestyle of a college student-athlete. It was pretty rough at the beginning, considering I am from Las Vegas and the weather here was a lot different than what I am used to. I am accustomed to really hot, hot weather and Eugene while being warm and sunny, isn't quite like the desert heat. So it has been interesting to live in a different climate as well.

I have never lifted weights so much in my life! By the end of the day every muscle in my body was sore. I literally had to crawl up the stairs to my dorm room. The conditioning was tough at the beginning as well, but I think it just takes a lot of mental toughness to get through it.

During the third week, I was a bit more confident with everything. Going to conditioning or weights, to class to study, and then coming back to the dorm to do homework became routine. I quickly had to learn how to manage my time wisely so I wouldn’t get behind in my work. I experienced lots of late nights staying up late and working on homework. I have to admit, the freedom that we get here is a lot better than high school, but there are a lot of responsibilities that come along with it. No more of my Mom and Dad waking me up in the morning, and no more of my Dad doing my laundry. Man do I miss those days! Now I have to do everything on my own.

I liked playing open gym because that’s what I love to do play basketball. We played against our practice team, which consisted of all guys, so it was very competitive. I felt good putting on the Oregon Ducks practice jersey and wearing the colors and all the Nike gear. I felt like a part of the team. I am excited for the upcoming season, but this week I chipped a bone in my right ankle, so unfortunately I am not able to put the jersey on again for awhile. Sitting on the sideline really stinks because I want to get out there and play during open gym, but injuries have to be taken care of first. I’m not a player that has always iced my injuries, so that has been really rough for me. Ice and I are not friends. I almost cry when I put it on.

Conditioning in the morning is another one of my enemies along with ice. I don’t like to run it makes me think too much. I try to do the best that I can whenever I am running because I know it’s going to make a big difference when the season starts. Trying to be in the best shape possible can prevent injuries.

Nia, Tat, and Ellyce have really taken care of us the last three weeks. We have met a lot of new people, and have done a lot of fun things like bowling and going to the movies.

Unfortunately many people may know about the passing of Todd Doxey at the river last Sunday afternoon. Although I did not know Todd as much as others may have, I happened to be there at the time of the tragic accident. It is something that will be with me for the rest of my life. I would like to give my condolences to his family and let them know they are in my prayers. Rest in Peace Todd Lamar Doxey, #29.

Looking back on our time in Eugene, I must say I have had a blast, and I look forward to coming back in the fall. GO DUCKS!!!