Every team loses seniors, but clearly a coach's sense of loss is greater when the departing player was the only four-year performer that played significant minutes.
Such is Canisius coach Terry Zeh's emotion after his 5-foot-9 senior guard Micayla Drysdale finished her Golden Griffin career in a tough overtime loss to Loyola in a conference tournament women's quarterfinal-round game Friday.
"She give us everything every day," said Zeh, about Drysdale. "She never took a possession off, never took a day off, never took a practice off. She gave us nothing but her best effort every single day.
"Some day when we win (a league title), and we will ... 'Mic' will be a big part of it even though she's not there because she taught our young players how to do it."
Drysdale finished with 12 points in Friday's quarterfinal-round contest, including four straight free throws at the end of regulation to give her team a 3-point lead before Loyola's Miriam McKenzie made a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to force overtime.
She finishes her career as second in Canisius program history in 3-point field goal percentage (.371 percent) and cracked the 1,000-point plateau for her career, finishing with 1,004 points.