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Senior guard Tiersa Winder has provided veteran leadership all season for McDonogh. After a loss to St.John's early in the season they reeled off 24 straight wins, culminating with a furious rally in the IAAM championship game against Spalding. Trailing 26 to 4 at one point, McDonogh staged a huge rally and pulled off a 46-44 stunner. Winder came off a screen, caught the pass and shot a turnaround jumper that would have made Reggie Miller proud. The 3 pointer put McDonogh ahead for good. With a talented but young roster it was up to Ms. Winder to stabilize the teams during rough times. Averaging just under 15 points a game and shooting over 54% from the field she did just that. We caught up with her for a quick one on one session.
695: You just committed to Bryant University...why did you choose to go there?
Tiersa: I chose Bryant because I felt comfortable on the campus and I thought it was a good fit. I can't wait to start playing there.
695: Are you ready for those Rhode Island winters?
Tiersa: I'll have my scarves and hats ready!
695: How did you get started playing ball?
Tiersa: I started playing ball in the 3rd grade just as a fun after school activity with my friends and have fallen in love ever since.
695: Where did you grow up?
Tiersa I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland.
695: Which AAU teams have you played for?
Tiersa: the majority of my AAU career has been spent on Maryland Sure Shots but I've also played with the Blue Angels as well.
695: Which position are you most comfortable playing?
Tiersa: I'm most comfortable playing a 2 or 3 guard.
695: Which part of your game do you want to improve?
Tiersa I always feel there's room for more improvement for each part of my game, but if I should focus on one specific part I would pick to do more intense defense.
695: What else do you do for fun besides play ball?
Tiersa: I like to play volleyball, sing for fun, and I love clothes so shopping is a major hobby of mine.
695: Tell me about a funny basketball road trip...
Tiersa: I've taken a lot of bball road trips and one funny experience was the trip to New York this year with the McDonogh team. There was nonstop laughter throughout the entire trip from the things we did as a team like making songs, and the unique New Yorker personalities that we as a team experienced. It was a very memorable trip!
695: Your team went to Puerto Rico this season. Talk about that experience...
Tiersa: The Puerto Rico trip will always be a great memory of my high school years and basketball career. It was interesting to play the Puerto Rican team and see their style of play. And my team and I enjoyed every bit of past time on the beach and the major team bonding.
695: What is your all time favorite movie?
Tiersa: My all time favorite movie is A Low Down Dirty Shame.
695: What was the last good concert you went to?
Tiersa: My last good concert was a Chris Brown and Bow Wow concert.
695: Tell me something people might not know about you...
Tiersa: People may not know that I did gymnastics for 2 years of my life.
695: What do you plan to study in college?
Tiersa: I've always wanted to study medicine in college, whether its me being a pediatrician or studying sports medicine.
695: Thanks and good luck.
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