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By Randy York
Don’t know who makes signs anymore, but if we could suggest one for a tribute honoring two Nebraska women’s basketball seniors, it would be something like: Thanks British Columbia for Harleen and Kaitlyn! Or how about: Oh Canada! … Our Home Was Your Home! Talk about two class-act Canadian citizens. Harleen Sidhu and Kaitlyn Burke came to Nebraska with promise, personality and poise and managed to gain even more while they were here. That’s why they deserve our appreciation and applause before Sunday’s 3 p.m. game against Ohio State.
Make no mistake. Sidhu’s basketball career was cut short by injury, and Burke’s career is exemplified more by solid leadership than glowing stats. Still, both leave the program with their heads held high. Those who have been around both seniors expect them to excel as professionals in the real world. Sidhu, a four-year letter winner who only played in three games this year after undergoing offseason knee surgery, hopes to enroll in medical school in the near future.
Burke, a four-year letter winner and two-year starter, will play in her 129th career game against Ohio State Sunday, ranking her among the top five players in school history in games played. She also finishes as one of Nebraska’s top 10 players in made three-point field goals and among NU’s top 20 in career assists. For 2011-12, Burke serves as president of the Nebraska Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She’s also been nominated for the prestigious Lowe’s Senior Class Award.
Sidhu and Burke are talented, competitive and driven student-athletes. They will transfer their confidence, communication skills and charisma into meaningful roles when they graduate in May. A dual major in Marketing/Public Relations and Business Administration, Burke is so well-rounded, she could probably emcee a Toastmaster’s Meeting and teach the masters. Don’t be surprised how far she goes when the end of basketball begins the rest of her life. A consummate multi-tasker, she can do almost anything, and she can lead almost anybody.
Yes, two impressive young women deserve everyone’s applause, and both look forward to what comes next after Sunday: The Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, and then, cross your fingers, an invitation to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament … unfinished business for a starter and her fellow senior, who has maintained an amazingly positive attitude and continues to provide leadership and support to her teammates.
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