Spartan standout

Alyssa Leonard has been a force to be reckoned with on the court this season, leading the lady Spartans to one of their greatest seasons on the hardwood ever. I sat down with the Amherst, Mass. native to find out a little more about this Castleton hoop star.
Q: Who was your favorite basketball player growing up?
A: Diana Taurasi, she’s the most intense player on the court.
Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?
A: Oh God yes, I’m the most superstitious person in the world. Before every home game I eat the same turkey grinder, bag of chips, and Vitamin water from the Castleton deli. I also wear the same sports bra and underwear for every game, and listen to the same playlist on my ipod before every game.
Q: What was your most epic moment on the court?
A:  Winning the NAC Championship last year, It’s the only Championship I’ve ever won.
Q: Can you describe the feeling you had in best game you ever played?
A:  The best games I ever played were the most fun. Everybody is energetic and engaged and everything just seems to click. The biggest thing I remember though, is it just being so fun.
Q: Who is your favorite basketball team growing up?
A: Notre Dame Fighting Irish!
Q: Can you describe a “bad” day on the court?
A: Days where I struggle shooting are frustrating but you just have to find other ways to contribute like getting the assists, the rebounds, the steals and just be an active member on the court so other players can step up and score.
Q: Where do you see yourself after Castleton?
A:  I’m definitely want to work in athletics, I want to be an Athletic Director.  I want to be around sports the rest of my life.  I don’t know if I want to go down the coaching route just yet, but I definitely want to be working in athletics.

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