She said she was inspired the team’s resiliency and passion.
“They knew what they wanted and they went and got it,” Cassata, a doctor of physical therapy student, said. “I have been fortunate to get to personally know the coaching staff and girls — many of whom have become some of my closest friends. Coach Fabbri is someone I look up to. She took this program from the bottom and brought them to the top. She is strong-willed, determined — and is a total boss.”
Cassata said the team has become a second family.
“As a student manager, I have seen every side of this team,” she said. “I love the fact that I can help them out with the little things, and then cheer them on at every game. I thank them so much for allowing me into this crazy family.”
Keep an eye out for Emily Cassata when you cheer on the Bobcats against top-seeded South Carolina in the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16 at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday on ESPN.