My first priority when I went to visit was the family feel when you first get there. Obviously, I know I’m going to play basketball, but I want it to be more than basketball. I got that feeling when I got there. I saw the type of family the coaches were and how they were involved with the players and how close the players were with each other.”
What was the progression that led you to competing in basketball at the collegiate level? “We’re a basketball family with my brother and my dad, but I never really thought about it until I started receiving interest. I always thought it was an option, but I never really thought it would turn out like this. It started opening my eyes in seventh and eight grade when I started getting interest – I’m like, ‘Oh, this could really be a possibility for me.’ I think playing basketball will really fulfill the college experience for me.”
Coach Beth Mattern says: “Obviously, her overall basketball skill is what first impressed me, but her ability to communicate – I remember the first time she was interviewed for the paper, and her quotes were so spot on. That’s when I realized – she’s going to be the total package because she can play basketball, she has the work ethic, she’s a great student, but she’s also a communicator. That’s something you can’t teach.
“She’s an extraordinary basketball player. She’s a point guard, and she plays much bigger than her size. She can finish, she’s a great teammate because she’s always looking to set up her teammates. At the end of the day, she doesn’t care who scores the basket, she wants the team to be successful, and she’s just a winner.”
Favorite food: Chipolte
Favorite movie/TV show: The Greatest Showman/The Office
Favorite music: Pop or Rap