New Golden Eagles on the Court

Hope is not lost with many sports not starting in the fall. At Tech there will be a basketball season starting on Nov.  25 of this year! With a new season approaching there are also some new faces emerging onto the court.  On Sept.  22, 2020, Tech Women’s Basketball released their five new fledglings on twitter. 

All of the newcomers are freshmen except one, who is a junior. Two freshmen decided to share some intel about themselves and the program.

Freshmen Julia Curtis and Peyton Carter felt like Tech was not only home, but the best option. The only difference between the two freshmen is one is from within the state of Tennessee while the other is from Virginia. At first both of the freshmen did not have Tech as their first option. 

Curtis committed to Ohio Valley Conference opponent Jacksonville State University within her high school career, but did not feel it was a good fit. 

“I was originally committed to play at Jacksonville State University, a neighboring opponent in the OVC. I decommitted before my senior season of high school due to it just not being the right fit,” Curtis said. 

She felt as though her dream of playing college basketball would not happen. She then chose to attend Tech to pursue a degree in nursing. She was looking for a life beyond basketball. 

“Coach Rosamond revived that dream for me, and I am forever grateful,” said Curtis.

Peyton Carter smiling in the RUC catered by Kailee Means.

Carter said that she also almost attended another school for basketball until she visited Tech’s campus. 

“I’m glad I picked Tech. I was almost committed to another school, and whenever I came here I saw the campus, met all the people, and I was like I have to go here, the environment was super cool and the team was awesome,” Carter said. 

Carter played travel basketball and was viewed by Tech’s coaching staff and was later offered a scholarship to play for the women’s basketball team. When asked if this was a dream for her to play at the collegiate level she responded with how the reality of the possibility did not hit her until middle school, before then she just played it to play.

Both had a different response to the transition from the high school level to the collegiate level. 

Curtis explained how her high school team was a fast pace team so she was already used to what would be expected. She expected the intensity and expectations to be high. Curtis said everything seems to be adjusting. 

“Picking everything up gets easier the more we practice,” Curtis added.

 Carter said how everyone in high school is the top player, whereas at the collegiate level it is the best players and you technically are competing for a spot. 

“Everyone on the team is the best in the area, so it is definitely challenging to fight for a position, but I like it,” Carter said.

While they are taking precautions with coronavirus with wearing masks, and following all of the CDC guidelines, this does not stop the Tech Women’s Basketball team from taking the court in November.  These two new golden eagles are eager for the season to start in the OVC.