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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Houston looks back

Former UConn star Charde Houston for the first time since the most unbelievable experience of her young life.

Last month Houston was headed home following a successful season playing for ZVVK USK Prague when the Delta flight she was on was diverted to land in Boston because of a suspected terror threat.

Houston shared her thoughts and emotions by posting on her twitter account, letting those who follow her live her trying times along with her.
Houston was back in New England on Thursday, one day short of a one-month anniversary of the flight fiasco she endured.

"It was surreal to me, you don't really expect to go through things like that in life but it happened," Houston said. "I am so happy I was able to come back from that and knowing that Delta Airlines, the FBI and everybody just did a great job making sure everybody's safety was first.

"I am thankful and blessed that I was in a situation where I was able to look at life in a different perspective. You need to do everything like it is your last (time) because you never know, that is the take I have. Always say your prayers and be thankful. You are only required to have faith the size of a mustard seed and of of course I have more but it is just knowing and believing that God is the one who is going to control your destiny so if it is not your time to go, you will not go."

Houston is thriving in her third season with the Lynx. Without the services of injured stars Seimone Augustus and Candice Wiggins, Houston has been asked to carry much of the offensive load. She scored in double figures in each of the first five games including a team high 16 points in Thursday's loss at Connecticut.

"With Coach (Cheryl) Reeve coming in here, she wanted everybody to be able to play two positions," Houston said. "I have come in here and played the 3 (small forward),
get comfortable with that. It is good to be able to move around and help your team in any way you can. Since Seimone and Candice aren't here, I have been starting and
since Rebekkah (Brunson) is back, I am now coming off the bench. I am excited about that, coming off the bench is harder than starting because of the energy and the
momentum you have to give the team. If they are playing good, you maintain that level of intensity. If it is kind of dropping, it is your job to go in and pick it up."

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