University of Minnesota freshman guard Grace Coughlin joins the Gopher women's basketball team following a standout career at Benilde-St. Margaret's School, where she earned All-State honors as a senior after averaging 16.9 points per game and as a junior when she averaged 19.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Coughlin was named the North Suburban Conference Player of the Year as a senior and earned all-conference honors four-straight years, while also eclipsing the 1,000-point milestone during her senior campaign. Get to know more about the rookie in the Q&A video above.
Why did you choose Minnesota?
I came to Minnesota to represent my home state, for the academic excellence and to play for one of the best conferences in the country.
What are your strengths as a student-athlete?
My strength as a student-athlete is managing my time well. With all of the hours we put in on the court, for tutoring and for academics, it is definitely a challenge. But, I welcome that challenge and I actually enjoy it.
Describe your style of play.
I'm a point guard who enjoys a fast-paced game. I like to push the ball and I like to get my teammates involved.
What is it like to play for Coach Marlene?
I really enjoy playing for Coach Marlene. I think her style of play really fits my talents and my abilities as a basketball player. I'm really excited for this year. She expects a lot out of us, and I really like that. It helps us become better players on and off the court and I am really excited for what she has to offer for our team this year.
What are your teammates like?
My teammates are really welcoming and supportive, especially the upperclassmen. I definitely look up to them. They are great leaders, really funny and awesome to be around.
What is the best part about Minnesota?
The best part about Minnesota is the great culture, great city...beautiful...friendly people and just a great environment.
What would you like to accomplish at Minnesota?
I hope to pursue a degree in business, somewhere in that field, and hope to attend law school after that.
Describe the team culture.
The team is very intense. We hold each other accountable, we expect a lot from each other, definitely, we all work really hard. I think we all have that one common goal. We know where we want to be at the end of the season and we all know what it takes to get there.
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