Balancing Academics and Hoops

By Wesley Chism Jr., BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: March 11, 2010

SEATTLE (BASN) — Linda Ubadigbo started playing basketball during middle school as an experiment by her PE Teacher. He just wanted to see if she would like it or not.

It turned out that she did and that she was pretty good at it too.

Her success led her to the steps of Central State University, home of the Lady Marauders.

“I feel in love with this school the moment that I step on the campus,” stated Ubadigbo.

The 5-foot-7 guard is a graduating this spring with a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and posts a 3.7 grade point average.

“What kept me at Central State University throughout my career is the relationship with my teammates and Professors,” Linda added. She did miss a little playing time due to a knee injury but that didn’t keep her from being aggressive in the classroom.

“I learned early in life that to be successful at anything you need to put in the time to study and understand your priorities,” Linda continued. This season, Linda averaged 8.5 ppg and 3.7 apg.

Her leadership on the basketball court can’t is immeasurable.

She has had some great days over the years and will cherish these memories for the rest of her life.

“One of the most important things that I’ve learned while at Central State University is about being generous to others and not always doing something to get the recognition for it but doing things because they are right,” Linda commented.

Linda has the same work ethic on the floor as she does in the classroom.

“In basketball you’ve got to work both ends of the court and not rely on your offense to lead you to victory.

In the classroom you’ve got to continuously study and use the resources that are available to you,” said Linda.

This young lady is a perfect example of how academics and athletics work together.

Linda doesn’t have any plans of playing in the WNBA, she’s headed straight for graduate school and going take this education as far as her mind will lead her.

The Lady Marauders didn’t finish the season as they had hoped posting a 10-16 record but next year is another opportunity to be better and take this program to the next level.