Santa Maria Sun / Athlete of the Week
The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 14, Issue 14
BY KRISTINA SEWELL
The first thing that came to Coach Ed Torres’ mind when he began describing former player Tatiana Dunlap was “intensity.”
The women’s basketball coach worked with Dunlap for three years; her athletic ability and obvious passion for the game were the first things that stood out to him.
“She is committed to improving as a player and worked on her game year round,” Torres said. “She has the mental toughness you need when the game is on the line.”
Torres went on to say Dunlap is very strong physically and quick, two things that will help her fit in at the college level.
Dunlap, shooting guard and top scorer for the Knights, has been playing basketball for 13 years. During her senior year, Dunlap played more offense than usual but considers herself a defensive player.
“Offense sells tickets; defense wins championships,” Tatiana said.
With graduation already past, Dunlap is ready to fulfill her lifelong dream of playing in college. She said she’ll miss her teammates, dinners, and hotel trips for away games. While she’s still working out the details of where she’ll attend, she plans to pursue a major in psychology.
Dunlap said she’s come a long way since her freshman year; she had to learn to respect her team and her coaches.
“High school basketball has made me stronger physically and mentally,” Dunlap said. “I learned that being a leader and setting an example is a big thing.”
Torres said that Dunlap, a very driven player, will join other St. Joseph basketball players who’ve gone on to play at prestigious schools. Dunlap, according to Torres, is a versatile player who’s tough to guard.
What sets her apart from other athletes is her determination to be successful, and an unwavering responsibility to help her team. And her passion for basketball rivals her intensity on the court.
“I love playing with a team, having the coaches support you, and people coming to watch you play,” Dunlap said. “Playing in college is everything to me; I’ve finally reached my dream.”