The Loss Within

Before stunning defeat, Wash. U.'s Robin Lahargoue blew out a knee, ending solitary sacrifice for a team that defines gender difference in athletics

Then by six.

And the buzzer ends it for them.

"We buried ourselves in the first half," Lahargoue says two days later, talking from a crowded car on the way to Florida. They have coconut oil, cocoa butter and aloe, and they plan to let the sun burn off the shock of the 66-60 upset.

Injured top scorer Robin Lahargoue, still focused on the fortunes of her team
Jennifer Silverberg
Injured top scorer Robin Lahargoue, still focused on the fortunes of her team
Senior Kristi Eller and the choreographed swirl of practice.
Jennifer Silverberg
Senior Kristi Eller and the choreographed swirl of practice.

"None of us are used to this," she says, wishing the soreness in her heart were still private and contained, one player's loneliness in place of a whole team's regrets.

"We're just trying to remember we shouldn't feel anything more than just disappointed."

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