800th Win Brings Fond Memories For Foster

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Updated: 1/27 1:44 am
      What was Lady Mocs head coach Jim Foster's first comment after winning his 800th game?
      "My concern is for you guys. Because you actually have to think of a new question next week. You've been hanging on this one for a month."
       Foster's biggest game has always been the next one. An attitude that rubbed off on his players before the game.
       "Whether it is home or on the road, 800th win, we want to win. It just made it a little more special I guess you could say, with everything going on, but we want to win regardless, so I think that that kind of takes the pressure off of us," said Lady Mocs forward Taylor Hall.
       Even though 800 may be just another notch in Foster's Hall of Fame belt, there was no doubt the video tribute, which featured former assistants Muffett McGraw and Geno Aureimma made the normally subdued coach a little emotional.
       "The video was harder to watch than the game. You know, you wish you see those folks and it would be nice if we were going out and having dinner tonight, spending some time together. This time of year you can't, but when we do it is usually a lot of fun, and you remember what a good belly laugh is all about. If it is Geno and I, we both like grapes."
       And as Foster recalls, just keep them away from the kids toys on Christmas.
       "Christian was a professional cyclist and I think Geno and I are the responsibilty for that because we put together his first tri-cycle one Christmas eve, and the end result was it never worked right. It never had a level ride, it was the most difficult thing to stay on and ride. And how things happened, Christian found he enjoyed it, and then Kathy Aureimma and Donna Foster decided screwdrivers, hammers, and wrenches of the family would be handled by them."
       In the end, Foster summed up the win they only way he knows how.
       "Happy to get it out of the way. Happy to get it against a good, very well coached basketball team."
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