Hannah Orens

Hannah Orens

How long have you been playing basketball and what made you want to try it?

I've been playing basketball since kindergarten. A senior who graduated last year, Kendal Haggerty — I'm good friends with her — her mom was the coach, so she got me into playing pee-wee co-ed basketball. It just kind of stuck. A lot of my friends played it, so that's what got me into it.

Have you always been a point guard?

My height [5-foot], that's always forced me to be a point guard. But I love the leadership of it, I love how you just create plays for other people.

Despite being 5-foot, you manage to get rebounds. Talk about that.

That's been a role that Coach has kind of pushed on me this year. It was a challenge at the beginning of the year, a goal I set for myself, to have a five-rebound game. I've had a six-rebound game and a few eight-rebound games. It's just being scrappy in there, and that's a word that we always use, gritty, scrappy. Just getting in there. Our bigs do an amazing job of forcing [opponents'] bigs out so I can just get in there and go grab a board.

What are some favorite memories of playing basketball at Urbana?

Kendal Haggerty's 1,000th point, that was awesome. And just the little things, the laughable moments in practice and the pasta parties after practice. Every Senior Night every year. Every team bonding [activity]. We did and Escape Room in Richmond this year and Salisbury last year, and that's been a really fun memory for me. It's a good team-building exercise. You use clues around the room, and you've got to just work with your team to find the clues, unlock the locks. It's always been fun for us.

Talk about your ability to be a facilitator.

I'm always looking for that extra pass, as a point guard, it's kind of my job to be the passer. But our wings and our bigs do a great job of sliding to get open.

What are your plans for next year?

I'm going to study engineering [at a four-year college]. I really like math. I get made fun of on the team for that a lot. [I like] how it's so definite, you always know it's an exact answer. You turn in an English essay, and it's like, 'I don't know how I really know how I did on that.' But with math, you turn in the test, you're like, 'All right, I did really good on that or I did really bad.'

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