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Athlete of the Week

Name: Mary Savoy
Classification: Junior
Major: Mass communication
Sports: Basketball
Hometown: Los Angeles,Calif.

Who is your favorite athlete?
“My favorite athlete of all time, well, I have two, Lisa Leslie and Skylar Diggins.” Leslie and Diggins are professional American basketball players.

Who is your role model?
“I would have to say those two women.”

What is the best advice you’ve been given and by whom?
“The best advice I’ve ever been given is by two people, my mom and dad. My mom always told me to stay mindful and basically to stay humble and understand your surroundings. Just have an open mind about everything around you, not to stay close-minded to what you just believe in or think. My dad, he’s always told me to strive for the best,and if it’s not the best, you’re not striving hard enough.”

Where’s your favorite hangout spot on campus?Why?
“My apartment, in my bed. [Laughs] Because it’s too hot outside to be chillin’ and I don’t like the mosquitoes and I get bit every time I go outside.”

When did you begin playing basketball and why did you start?
“I began playing basketball in seventh grade and that’s when I moved from L.A.to Corona.”

Did you compete in high school and did you get any awards?
“I played in high school my freshman and sophomore years in California.Then I moved because of my
dad’s job, but I got a good handful of awards and broke some records. I don’t remember in what.”

What are your academic goals?
“Just to keep pushing and get a 3.0.”

What is your favorite movie?
“Wreck-It Ralph.”

Is there a song that gets your head in the game?
“No,I don’t have a set song. I just listen to anything, but it needs to be tempo and bass kind of

What is your dream vacation?

How do you feel about being a part of the first UTRGV Women’s Basketball Team?
“It’s an awesome opportunity. I love having the opportunity to make new friends and have a new family because they’re not just my team, they’re my family.So, I’m very excited to be here and be a part of this.”

–Compiled by Jacqueline Arias

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