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Reflection from a Ram

Abigail Corning Looks Back and Looks Forward

By: Abigail Corning

The dream began in second grade when I told my teacher that I would one day play Division One basketball.  And now, my career has come to an end.  How does one move on from something that has been the center of their life for over a decade?  Here’s my plan.

First, you look back and find the things that you won’t miss: The 45-degree ice bath sessions (even in the hotels on the road), the struggle to get dressed, or simply going to the bathroom because of how sore your body is from lifting, running, and playing in the same day.  The sprained ankles, jammed fingers, court burns, elbows to the face, bruises lining your body, and cuts from a stranger’s fingernails, which turn into scars on your arms and hands. Going on three hours of sleep because you got back at 5am from a road trip and need to attend an 8:30 class.

Sounds like a pretty terrible experience, huh?  So why do it?

Second, you look back at all the wonderful things you will miss:  The pregame superstitions-- like the perfect placing of a 1992 penny in the right sock or listening to Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” as the last song before stepping on the court.  The road trips: going to new cities and new states, or, lucky for me, three new countries.  The people, your teammates, who probably know too much about each other, the relationships you make with the coaches, and yes, even the referees, whom I grew to know on a first name basis.  And you’ll miss the games, of course.  The adrenaline rush when you take a charge and your teammates swarm you in excitement, the chest bumps after a big “and-one,” or the sound of the crowd when you hit a huge three down the stretch.  Just thinking about it all makes my heart race.

Finally, you must look ahead and realize you have so many memories to bring with you into the future.   Playing in big time arenas like Allen Fieldhouse in Kansas or the Palestra in Philly.  Winning games outsiders believed you would never win.  Cutting down a championship net in Richmond this past year and kissing the giant first place trophy. And, of course, dancing in Waco, Texas for the NCAA Tournament.

As a second grader, I couldn’t tell you where I’d end up, how many points I’d score, how many games my team would win, or if I’d even get a ring.  I could tell you that I would do everything in my power to make my dream a reality.  And I’ve done just that.  I’ve laced up and put on that #42 for the final time as a high-level basketball player, and now I start a new dream.  I don’t know where that dream will take me, but if it’s anything like the experience I’ve had over the past 14 years playing ball, I know I’m in for one hell of a ride.    

During the 2013-2014 season co-captain Abigail Corning earned a Second Team All-Atlantic 10 pick and was the Most Outstanding Player of the Atlantic 10 Championship. She ranked second on the squad averaging 12.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game, while leading the team, and ranking near the top of the conference, in assist to turnover ratio at 1.8. She scored 1,213 points in her Fordham Career and helped lead the Rams to 25-8 record this year, tying for the third highest win total in school history.