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“INSIDE THE HEART OF A LYON”  Wheaton College Women’s Basketball Featuring Abby Hamilton '19 (Blog #5)

Coach:  Abby, tell us a little bit about your transition from Gorham, Maine to Norton, MA 

Abby: I went from small town to small town which is what I wanted. Things have been great. I have made a lot of new friends quickly and our team is very close. The transition overall has been relatively easy. I am very close to my family and my friends growing up I went to school with from elementary school all the way through high school so at first that was hard but Wheaton has made that all easy.

Coach: What dorm do you live in? What do you like about it? And what are some of your favorite things to do on campus?

Abby: I live in Meadows North. Meadows is big but north is separate so it is quiet. I face the back side of Chase. I like all the people on my floor, which makes it easy to live there.

I really only eat, sleep, play basketball and go to class. As far as classes go my favorite is Macroeconomics. I enjoy eating with the team after practices everyday. Also, my classmate/teammate Zip(Rachael Zipper) and our two friends Ellie and Tigerlilly(yes, that is her name-she is from England). Also hangout a lot. 

Coach: If you had to define your basketball program, what would you say? 

Abby: Our program is all about TEAM first and I love that. We are all unselfish and we can pick one another up when we need it. I do not think a lot of teams have that type of vibe. 

Coach: What was the biggest adjustment for you since high school basketball?

Abby: Pace and pressure. Especially being a guard I feel the ball pressure and aggressiveness is a big difference.

Coach: We just finished our first team roadtrip-what was your favorite part? 

Abby: My favorite parts were hanging out in hotel and Kiley being  my roommate. Kiley also scored her 1000th point this trip. She is a great teammate. Kiley is really funny and she hated the attention but I really love her and the other two seniors. They have made my adjustment to being a part of the team easy.

Coach: Thanksgiving is coming up, what are your plans? 

Abby: My mom is picking me up Tuesday after practice then we are going home. We go to my uncle’s house every year. I also get to see all my high school friend’s who will be home as well.

I attached  some pictures from our first roadtrip.Us on our bus and my classmate Zipper sleepingJ

“INSIDE THE HEART OF A LYON”  Wheaton College Women’s Basketball Featuring Kiley Shoemaker ‘16 (Blog #4)

Coach:  Senior year Kiley, tell me a little bit about your life on and off the court?

Kiley- Not really any different on and off the court but it has been more stressful-class, homework and basketball. Senior Seminar has provided a lot of reading each week , Lab in Social Psych is a lot of research and learning about the research process, Intro to Business class has reading and Abnormal Psych has a quiz each class so I have been busy.

As a senior captain is a different role for me and I put more pressure on myself because I feel more responsible in all aspects, however that is what I came here for –to be a leader on and off the court.

Coach-  First game Sunday, what are you looking forward to most?

Kiley- I am looking forward to having a game where we can apply what we have worked on the past five weeks. It is a true test to see how far we have come. Playing at home is a great way to start our season, and the game proceeds will  benefit the twins –Craig and Jorden Powers.I attached a picture of them.

CoachOther things you want to do or accomplish before you graduate?

Kiley- I want to win NEWMAC’s……we have been so close the last two years and I still have that goal for this team.  I also want to do the Head of the Peacock in the spring. As a WAM I am hoping we can make the Big Event the most successful it has been since I have been here. I want to graduate with a gpa of 3.0 or better-I am a Psychology major with a minor in Education.

Coach- Tell us a little bit about your family ?

Kiley- I have a younger sister Jacy that is sophomore at SUNY Oneonta, and older Josh who is interested in culinary arts. We have no pets. My mom and dad (Pam and Paul) reside still in Fayetteville where my dad grew up. I am actually the only athlete in my family. Our family are huge Syracuse Orange fans.

Coach Tell us some funny things about your teammates?

Kiley- Everyone on the team is really funny in their own way-we are all so different-we call our self the “misfits” because we are. Every day someone makes you laugh in a different way-it is really awesome. We can have fun and work hard everyday.

Last thing I want to say  is I could not imagine any better classmates then Becca and Alyssa. They make the bad days better and the good days great.

“INSIDE THE HEART OF A LYON”  Wheaton College Women’s Basketball Featuring Emily Cuthbertson ‘18 (Blog #3)

Coach:  What is the biggest difference you feel between freshman and sophomore year?

Emily: As a student the biggest difference is course load. I am a Biochemistry  major and balancing the demands of the in class work and homework is a lot more challenging this year.

As a person I like sophomore year better because I know more people, I know my resources and all that has been very helpful.

As an athlete I would say there is a lot more responsibility now because as a first year there was a lot of upperclassman that took on those responsibilities, now I have to be a leader.

Coach: We are a couple weeks into practice, what have you liked about this team?

Emily:  The team dynamic is different this year; there is a lot of input and feedback from everyone. Our senior captains are open to our ideas and opinions. I think everyone is understanding and patient since we are all learning and a young team.

Coach: What are you looking forward to most this season?

Emily: I am looking forward to seeing where our season goes. I am  not looking at any specific game but  I am excited to see how good we get as we get keep getting  better every day .  I have seen a lot of potential and good things that we can keep building on. I also really like away game bus trips, pregame “fired up” routine and “secret sister” on game days.

Coach: Have you set any individual goals for yourself  as a student and as athlete?

Emily: As a student I always have the goal to stay above a 3.0 gpa

 A mental thing for me as a basketball player is to be a solid defensive player. To not get beat.

 Also, a random thing that affects me as a student athlete is eating. I am very picky and struggled last year, now as a sophomore I know what is available so I am open to trying to a lot more options. I have made it a goal to eat better and more often.

As a person in general routines and structure work for me.

Coach : How you stepped up as a leader especially for the new student athletes in the program?

Emily: On the court,  I am trying to help teach  our new teammates what I learned as a first year. Like using tools I learned to help them  be a better teammate and to play Wheaton basketball.

Coach: Give me a run down of a typical weekday in your life?

Emily: Wake up , get ready , eat breakfast  at Chase everyday , then I go to class for 9am T/Tr and M/W/F at 10:30 am.  I like to do my homework at night rather then the morning. Go to class ALL day since I have class and  three labs. I usually do a little homework before practice . After practice we all go to Chase to eat then I go back and shower  before I study. When we have a day off from practice I  like to go off campus for a break –usually go home to New Hampshire to see family.

Coach : Lastly, you won the Team Hard Hat award last week, what di d that mean to you?

Emily: I t meant to me that my teammates recognized I was trying to help them get better all week in a positive way. The award is based  on the the Hard Hat book by Jon Gordon and we are giving the award based on the “21 Ways to Be A Great Teammate”.

“INSIDE THE HEART OF A LYON”  Wheaton College Women’s Basketball Featuring Maria Matrango ‘18 (Blog #2)

Coach: Maria, you transferred to Wheaton over the summer. Tell us what were some things that drew you to look at Wheaton once again?

Maria: Strong academics –especially science since I want to become a nurse. I also really liked the womens basketball program and the overall people at Wheaton. I thought about my first visit to Wheaton and how everyone made me feel really at home.

Coach: You are living on lower campus. Tell us a little bit about your dorm and what you like about the area.

Maria: Lower campus is great. Mostly underclassman live in this area. I love the atmosphere and attitude in the dorms. Everyone says hi and people are friendly and willing to get to know one another. Another nice thing about living on lower is two of my teammates live in my dorm.

Coach: Give us a day in the life of Maria Matrango??

Maria: I usually wake up between 7:30 am-8am depending on the day. I eat breakfast and go to class. I am usually done by 11am.  After that I go and clean my room, I like to be organized and hate a mess. I then do homework before I meet most of the team for lunch in Chase. After lunch I do more homework until practice . After practice we go as a team to eat then I shower and study before bed.

Coach: Favorite meal at Chase Dining Hall thus far?  

Maria: My favorite me at Chase thus far is their chicken stir fry with terryaki sauce. I like it especially because of the chicken and they put as many vegetables in it as I like.

Coach: We have had four practices as a team. What tangible and intangibles have stuck out to you most about this program?

Maria: Some of the things that have stuck out to me this far is the hard work that everyone puts in and the energy that fills the gym with a genuine desire to be there to improve and achieve a common goal is what makes practice and being a member of the team so enjoyable. Another thing I like is that when we are in the gym it seems like that is all that matters to all of us to work hard together and improve everyday.

Coach: Off the court, who on our team cracks you up?

Maria: Ruthie –who is also a transfer and who lives in my dorm as well. I can always count on her to put a smile on my face and make me laugh.

Coach: Who is the most studious?

Maria: I do not think there is a single person that is the “most studious” because on any given night you can walk into Wallace Library and find several members of our team  working homework, studying on  long term assignments.

Coach: Who eats the most in the dining hall?

Maria: Not one person eats the most, after practice we are all hungry and we EAT a lot…..

Coach: Tell us about your classes, major, professors , etc:

Maria: I am a Psychology major with a Pre Nursing track. I want to become a Pediatric Nurse so being a Psychology major allows me to focus on child development to understand what children are going through when I treat them as patients in the future.

BLOG #1: PROCESS - each day is part of the process. Each moment we approach as an opportunity to get better in that process. 

2014-2015 the process brought memories made of much joy and some tears that it came to an end too fast.

This season we have the same approach. We "get better everyday as students, athletes and people". We will define who we are through the process. 

"Hoopin' with Hodgdon" is the title of our blog this year. Every now and then I will blog basically by interviewing a player on our team. This will give you all insight to the student athletes that make up this TEAM as we experience our 19 week season.Stay tuned for week one October 15th......Thank you for being part of our process-

Team Together-
Coach Hodgdon


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