At one point in my life, I didn’t think I ever wanted to play college basketball anymore. I didn’t think I was good enough. I stuck with it and chose to play at Stetson after my freshman year at Bowling Green University. I have made a home at Stetson and my teammates and I have started a winning tradition the past two years. My goal since I arrived at Stetson was to help the team win games and ultimately win championships. This year I have tried to become more of a vocal leader instead of just leading by example, which I think will help us become more successful. With the success of the team, I receive many awards. I am grateful for every award, plaque, or trophy, but those things are extra. The ultimate goal for me is to win a championship for the Stetson program and mostly my teammates with all the hard work we put into this game.
With the season starting in a few days, my teammates and I are fully prepared and equipped to win another championship. We are very excited to get the season started at the Ocean Center and make another run in the A-Sun. Some of us experienced winning and losing in the championship game, so I think we have an edge over everyone else. Losing in the championship has motivated us to play every play as hard as we can and never take anything for granted. When we won the championship a couple of years ago, no one was expecting us to win a game that year so we wanted to go out and prove everyone wrong. As a team I feel like there were no short cuts taken by the players and the coaches as well. There was so much adversity that us as a team went through during that season that I felt like we were destined to win. It was probably one of the best feelings I experienced as a basketball player and also one of the hardest things I have ever worked for in my life.
The other day, we took a break from practice and attempted to teach some young girls at the local orphanage some of our basketball skills. Helping those girls was an honor for us because most of them never had any positive role models in their lives. At first, they were skeptical about joining us in some drills, but once they warmed up, everyone had a good time. There was lots of laughter and learning involved in the short amount of time we were there. I’m glad we were able to make those girls’ day.
Recently, I was nominated for the Senior Class Award as well as the Preseason Player of the Year Award. I am blessed to be in such a prestigious category with some of the best women’s basketball players in the country. I owe everything to the one person who stuck with me through everything, good or bad, my mom. Also, my coaches who never gave up on my teammates and I. Lastly, my teammates deserve a lot of credit for sacrificing and putting up with me. Without them, I would be nothing. H.A.T.S