If I could pinpoint one thing that people often miss in sport, it would be character, and how we build it in context. Character is what makes an individual unique, an athlete unique and any team of people unique. What’s not seen are the experiences that build it.
The good the bad and the ugly. Success often comes from experiencing all three. The good will make you feel like you’re on top of the iceberg. It is when you win a game, a regular season, a Pac-12 championship, or a national championship. Yet, as much as there is a tip of the iceberg, there are also kilometers more beneath the freezing cold water, invisible to passers by.
A few times, I’ve heard one of my best friends say “wow, I just had a bigger than basketball moment”. Throughout the past year, I’ve really put some thought into those words, which hold more power than you may think. What does this statement mean?
What happens in Vegas? Well that depends on who you ask. Most would say a questionably healthy amount of gambling and partying but it just so happened that there was also a women’s basketball tournament at the Mandalay Bay convention center, which was even more fun. And I’m not just saying that because I’m only 19.
Athletes are often seen in one light: as athletes, and in the physical domain. As a member of the women’s basketball team here at Stanford, I hope to change that.
The best time of year is rapidly approaching for one of most tightly knit sports teams on Stanford campus. Basketball is back this Saturday November 4th, at 2pm in Maples against UC San Diego, and the 14 player sisterhood that comprises the Stanford Women’s basketball team is ready to shine even brighter than the spotlight of the 2017 Final Four in Dallas, Texas last season. Yet, this year is unique, as each year is, and began about 6,000 miles East in Rome, Italy.
Last season, Stanford women’s basketball’s three seniors, Erica McCall, Briana Roberson, and Karlie Samuelson averaged a combined 95.4 minutes per game — almost half of the 200 minutes per game for the whole team.
With the three starters graduating this year, the team will see new leaders emerge, and less familiar faces will be seen on the court more often. Coming back from injury, or playing the shadow of the three superstar seniors last year, here are the players that should see more action this season.
For a Stanford women’s basketball team that was propelled to the Final Four last season by strong senior leadership, it may be the young guns who help them return this year. The Cardinal’s freshman class— forwards Alyssa Jerome, Maya Dodson, Estella Moschkau, and guard Kianna Williams—are talented, versatile, and confident. And while all of the freshmen are yet to play a collegiate game, their teammates and coaches have been impressed by what has been displayed in practice.