CORTLAND, N.Y. - The State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) did this week's Q&A with its Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week, Shannon McGuire (West Babylon, N.Y. / West Babylon) a sophomore at Cortland.
McGuire hit the game-tying three-pointer with two tenths of a second left in regulation and made the game-winning reverse layup with six seconds left in overtime in Cortland's 64-63 win at SUNY Poly Saturday. She finished with 17 points, six rebounds and a career-high five assists.
Sport: Women's Basketball
Hometown: West Babylon, N.Y.
Major: Adolescence Education: Biology
- Which professional athlete do you have the most respect for? I grew up watching both Bria Hartley and Skylar Diggins play point guard for their college teams. I respect both of them for their accomplishments as college players and as professional athletes.
- What's your competition day meal? I honestly don't really have anything specific, it's usually something different every game.
- What age did you start competing in your sport? I've always been around the game of basketball. I come from a family of basketball coaches. I was always in a gym or with a basketball from when I could walk. I formally started playing on a youth center team at the age of 7.
- Do you have a hidden or special talent? I am not really sure how special this talent is, but I can say the ABC's backwards.
- What is your career goal post college? I think I would like to return to Long Island and be a high school Biology teacher and possibly a coach.
- What's on your music playlist? My playlist is all over the place. I can go from hip-hop/rap to R&B to pop and then country every once and a while.
- Do you have any pre-competition rituals? I have a couple things I have to do before each game. I have to put on my right shoe before my left. Also, when I walk in the gym I need to make three form shots in a row before I start shooting around.
- What's the best advice anyone has given you? My grandpa is someone who has been around the sport of basketball for a while and has given me some great advice. His best advice for me is to never give up and keep playing the game until the last buzzer.
- What are your hobbies outside of your sport? I've always been a three-sport athlete, so when I'm not in season I enjoy playing intramural sports.
- What's your favorite memory since competing for your institution? My favorite memory just happened this past Saturday when I hit a buzzer beater three to put us in to overtime. Then in overtime I hit the game winning shot. It was a moment I will never forget.