Muffet's Squad departs for Sweet 16

As the Irish women's basketball team boarded the buses to depart for Oklahoma City and the Sweet 16 on Friday, no one was more excited to simply be traveling than freshman Devereaux Peters.

Moments after Tuesday night's overtime win over Oklahoma and the ensuing Irish celebration in the locker room, Peters had a depressing look on her face.

The injured Irish freshman turned to her teammates and wondered if she would be able to make the trip to Oklahoma City for the Sweet 16.

Peters had surgery on her torn ACL earlier in the season and at the time was not allowed to fly due to potential complications.

Peters contemplated driving with a friend.

But all she could was sit and wait. And wait some more for some news from her doctors.

"I couldn't sleep for a couple of nights," Peters explained. "I was really nervous. I didn't think I could drive either because its so far."

But finally on Thursday, Peters received great news as her doctors cleared her to fly with her teammates.

"Its so exciting," Peters said before boarding the bus.

"Just being there and being with the team and celebrate with them and go through everything they have to go through, makes me feel more a part of the team."

Her teammates are excited Peters is making the trip too.

"It means a lot for her to be able to come," senior captain Tulyah Gaines said. "We would have been sad if she was unable to come so we're happy she can."

The Irish will face top-seeded and defending national champion Tennessee Sunday night at 9:30.


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