University of Minnesota freshman forward Rangie Bessard joins the Gopher women's basketball team following a standout career at Manvel High School in Texas. As a senior, Bessard led Manvel to its first state championship in any sport, while averaging 14.7 points and 9.4 rebounds per game over the course of the year. For her efforts, she was not only named to the state all-tournament team, but also earned 2014 All-Greater Houston Girl's Basketball First Team honors by the Houston Chronicle. Get to know more about the rookie in the Q&A video above.
What are your teammates like?
Oh, man. My teammates are super goofy, they're encouraging, they're inspirational and they never leave a player behind. I think that is what is going to help us continue to go on this long journey as a team and become successful, because we're never going to leave anybody behind.
What is the best part about Minnesota?
The best part about Minnesota, since I'm not from here, I would have to say the Mall of America, only because I love to shop and I love shoes. So, every time there is a release date, I have to be at the mall. Also, I think the campus is a beautiful place. When I came on my visit, it was like I was sold. I didn't want to take any other visits, because I felt that this atmosphere and this University was just for me and it is so peaceful and really outgoing. And, I knew it would help me develop more as a person and become more mature.
What is it like playing for Coach Marlene?
I love her style of play. This will be a new experience. I've never played this style before, but I'm looking to adjust very well to it, and get on the court for my first Big Ten game.
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