Vikings of the Week: Leah Reeves (Basketball)

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This week I had the pleasure of speaking with the women’s basketball standout, sophomore Leah Reeves. Reeves has made the transition this year into a very big role for the team, being one of the main leading scorers for the squad. In a tough conference schedule, Reeves looks forward to the remainder of a great season with the Vikings.


Arianna Cohen: You have stepped into a big role this year, being the team’s only true center. What has this transition been like for you?


Leah Reeves: The transition was something I knew was going to happen coming into the season. This made the transition not too overwhelming. The coaches have done a great job of preparing me for this bigger role. They are always willing to work with me even outside of practice times, which has certainly helped. Not only the coaches, but my teammates have been incredibly encouraging and supportive, which has made the transition surprisingly easy for me.


AC: The team’s season started off on a great note with two great wins, but have been struggling ever since. What are the team’s goals moving forward with the rest of the season?


LR: We still plan to be competitive for the rest of our conference games. Our goal is to get a couple conference wins and prove that the women’s basketball program here at Lawrence is changing for the better.


AC: This December you traveled to Florida. What was your favorite part of the trip?


LR: My favorite part of the trip was getting to spend time with our basketball family. We had at least one family member for almost everyone on the team. It was so fun to be able to spend time with my own family as well as with my teammates and their families. One night, all the players, coaches and families went out to dinner, which was easily one of the best nights of the trip.


AC: What has been the hardest thing for you being a student athlete?

LR: I think the hardest thing about being a student athlete has been and will always be time management. Balancing my academics, athletics and my personal life is challenging when you are in season, but I manage to get by. Luckily at Lawrence I have wonderful teammates and friends that help keep me balanced.


AC: What are your own personal goals for your next few years on the team?


LR: My personal goals are to continue to be a main contributor for the team. Whether I am a leading scorer or a great defender, I want to be able to help lead to team to more wins. I know I have my work cut out for me this next off-season, but it will be well-worth it.