By Kandace Fung CMC '19
THE SCRIPPS VOICE: Why did you choose basketball?
TEEANA COTANGCO: When I was younger, all my cousins, older cousins, and my parents played basketball, so it was kind of a given.
TSV: How long have you been playing?
TC: On an official team, since the 3rd grade.
TSV: Have you ever thought about quitting basketball? Why or why not?
TC: For a little while I felt that it was a chore; because there were so many other things I could’ve been doing: studying or playing other sports. But I’m glad I stuck through it.
TSV: What do you enjoy most about basketball?
TC: Definitely the team atmosphere, because I feel that you have to trust your teammates so much on the court and that carries off the court.
TSV: What position do you play?/ What’s your favorite position?
TC: I play point guard. I like to play shooting guard, but being point guard is cool too, controlling the flow.
TSV: Is there anything different about playing in a high school team versus in a college setting?
TC: Well I haven’t really started playing official games in college yet, but definitely level of competition because there are twenty girls in the team. There are probably maybe ten in my high school team. So like everyone is competing with everyone here – only five can play.
TSV: How do you balance being an athlete and a student at the same time?
TC: Definitely time management, planning things before and after practice, and around workouts.
TSV: Do you have a song or a speech that you listen to before a game?
TC: I like to listen to music before games.
TSV: Will you continue playing basketball after college? Why or why not?
TC: I totally would just to stay in shape. And just to meet up with old teammates. There’s a league for adults, so I probably will.
TSV: What do you wish you would have known in the beginning of the year in terms basketball or being a student-athlete?
TC: Well, I guess I just needed to find my balance of hanging out and school and basketball.