Nov. 26, 2013
The following is the first in a series of six installments that will allow fans of the Ohio University women's basketball program to get to this year's six freshmen.
Our first 20 Questions guest is forward Hannah Boesinger. A native of Hudson, Ohio, Boesinger has played in all four games this season for the Bobcats, helping Ohio open the 2013-14 campaign with a 3-1 mark - the program's best start since 2006-07. Boesinger tallied a career-high nine points in Ohio's 60-52 victory at Eastern Kentucky last Saturday.
Boesinger scored 1,056 points in her prep career, ranking sixth all-time in Hudson High School history. She was named All-NEO Player of the Year in 2013-14, averaging 19.3 points per game and scoring in double figures in 22 of 23 games during her senior year. The daughter of Jackie and Eric, Boesinger is a biology major.
Q: What are your thoughts on the 2013-14 season so far?
A: I've really just been focusing on getting better each and every game. I'm not really too concerned about my playing time as much as making the most of every minute I get when I get in and give 100% effort. I think it's going pretty well. I've been getting better each game.
Q: Why did you decide to come to Ohio?
A: A lot of it was the coaching staff. I think they're going to do really big things here; they already have. Ohio is a great school with good academic programs, and the campus is beautiful. It's really hard to turn down such a great offer to be here.
Q: What's the biggest difference between the high school game and the college game?
A: Everybody's a lot stronger. In high school, we played a lot of quick teams, but, in college, everybody's fast and everybody's a great athlete. There are no bad players on a team, necessarily, where in high school there's always a few weak links. Everybody at this level is really good and belongs here.
Q: What's the biggest challenge of being a student-athlete?
A: Definitely managing time with school and basketball. It's a challenge to get all my homework done but having mandatory study halls makes it easier. The coaches really push us to be our best in school.
Q: What has been your biggest rookie moment thus far?
A: I feel like every day I do something stupid, basketball wise. The first game, I went in for a minute and gave up two wide-open shots. That was pretty embarrassing. In practice, there's been a lot of times where I don't know what I'm doing but act like I do, and everybody knows that I don't.
Q: What is the best part of playing for Coach Bob Boldon and his staff?
A: He knows so much about basketball. I feel like I learn new things every day. The biggest thing for me is how kind he is. He's very patient with us, especially me. Every day I come in here, I know I'm going to learn something new and get better.
Q: What was it like playing in front of 7,000-plus people at Louisville?
A: It was crazy. Stepping on that court and looking out into the stands, it was hard to believe there were that many people there. I didn't think too much about it when I got on the court, but the first time Coach Boldon said, `Hannah, go in,' I was so scared. I knew I couldn't play like that, though, so, after the first few plays, I worked my way into it. When I fouled a girl, everybody booed me. I was like, `Wow, 7,000 people saw that.' It was crazy.
Q: What is your all-time favorite basketball memory?
A: In high school, my last game senior year was the district finals. We were playing one of the top teams in the state. We played them two other times, and they blew us out. We were up the whole game in the district finals but ended up losing by two or three. Our team played their hearts out. In college, I think it has to be the win over Xavier, because it has set the tone for our season.
Q: What's a little known fact about you?
A: I really like to be by myself. That's hard to do in college, because you're always around people. I really love my alone time.
Q: Who do you look up to and why?
A: My mom is definitely my biggest role model. She's done such a good job of raising me and my brother and sister. Also, my coaches throughout the years, especially Coach Boldon and my high school coach. He's pretty much a part of my family and has done so much to help get me here.
Q: What's the best advice you've ever received?
A: Probably just to be nice to everybody and treat everybody with respect. I feel like if you don't do that, you're not going to get anywhere in life. My coaches and my mom have always told me that.
Q: What's it like being on a team with six freshmen?
A: I really like it, because we're all in the same boat. We all kind of make the same mistakes and have to come together. We know we're going to be together for four years, so we have to develop a strong bond. We know we have a big role in this program.
Q: What's your favorite class?
A: Chemistry is alright, but chem lab is always fun, because it's hands-on and you get to set things on fire.
Q: What's your favorite spot on campus?
A: I really like just being in my dorm and relaxing when I have the time. And, of course, the basketball court.
Q: Cooking is a favorite hobby of yours. What's your best dish?
A: My favorite food to make is stir fry. I'd make it every day if I could. I also love making chocolate chip cookies. I would cook for the team if I had a kitchen, but you can't really make anything in the dorms. Maybe when I'm home for break, I'll make something and bring it back.
Q: What breakfast food would you be?
A: I love breakfast food. Probably some hash browns, with peppers and onions.
Q: What's TV show are you ashamed to admit that you watch?
A: I watch a lot of stupid TV shows, especially shows on MTV. I still watch Arthur occasionally.
Q: Who is your favorite musical artist?
A: I listen to a lot of really weird stuff. One pregame tradition that [redshirt sophomore guard] Kate Yelle and I have started is this one song by Bonivere. You wouldn't expect us to listen to that, but every time we've listened to it, we've won.
Q: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire just debuted. Which of your teammates would have the best shot at winning The Hunger Games?
A: [Sophomore forward] Lexie Baldwin, because she hunts and wears camo. I could kind of see her blending in with her surroundings. She'd win, hands down.
Q: We're going to Puerto Rico for the San Juan Shootout. What's your favorite vacation spot?
A: I really like going to Tennessee. I'm really big into hiking, so anywhere with mountains and forests. Hocking Hills is one of my favorite places.