Editor’s Note: Throughout the 2013 season, the Lynx Radio Network and LynxBasketball.com will highlight Lynx season ticket members who have been ticket holders for all 15 seasons through a Fan Spotlight series. Look for these interviews, conducted by Cal Soderquist, to be archived on LynxBasketball.com each Monday during the year. Today’s feature highlights Deborah Montgomery, a lifelong basketball fan.
On why she signed up for season tickets
"Well, I've been an avid athlete my whole life. I've always enjoyed basketball and all other sports. And when they (Lynx) put a call out saying they needed so many season ticket holders to get a team here, I convinced my husband and I said we need to be part of that to get a female team here."
"High school basketball, volleyball, baseball, I mean, I did it all. I ran track. I was an all-around athlete."
About watching Whalen and McCarville play in college and women’s basketball in Minnesota
"All the way through high school and all the way through college and taking our Minnesota team to our championships and things we went through, it's just been a journey. I remember when I first bought the tickets here we could count the number of people in the stands. And as we started winning, we got more people, we suffered through the early years but it was great to see things develop and to look at the growth of the team. We had Tanya Edwards, Brandy Reed, my favorite player Betty Lennox, who won Rookie of the Year that year, Lindsey Harding, our first number one draft pick that we got. Suzie McConnell who won Coach of the Year. So when you start to look at all of these different things that happened and then we got our first playoff game and we're at halftime and we're 20 points down playing against Los Angeles and I'm thinking 'oh my god.' And then they come back to win by two points and it's like wow. I knew then we were on our way. It's been just an exciting experience and to watch the team and organization grow. I can't say enough about Glen Taylor and his support of women's basketball and being one of the owners that has stuck through and said he's going to have a women's team, so I appreciate that. It was always a pleasure for me to see Conrad (Smith). He was always up in the stands, always stopped to say hi. So there was a lot of that sentiment there. On my last day going out I asked him to autograph my shirt. He says I don't do autographs, but for you I'll give you my autograph. So I have his autograph on the back of my shirt. So it's just been a journey. But to see us to finally win and get a championship ring, I was just so proud of these young ladies. Last year was kind of a downer to see us lose at the end but they played a good game and now this year with the talent we got and the draft we got I have high hopes for us. I think we are going to be successful. I think we will go a long way."
Have you noticed the support of the team grow?
Absolutely. And you see it when you come to these games and you see the enthusiasm, and it's a family environment. You see these parents bringing young girls and that just develops self confidence and that feeling of success. Basketball is a team sport but you have to dig into your inner self to be that team player. To see the appearance with young players in the stands, 'Did you see that play? Did you see that move?’ It's a constant teaching and it's a great group of young ladies, I mean these are phenomenal young ladies. And there such a respect for this city and community. I just can't say enough about the organization, team and these women."
"I'm waiting for us to go all the way to get another championship. That's our goal."
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