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The Goal-Oriented Lindsey Spann

Photo via Bill Cardoni

Photo via Bill Cardoni

There’s a notebook in Lindsey Spann’s bedroom. In it are all of the goals that she sets for herself as a student-athlete. Sometimes the redshirt sophomore guard achieves them, other times she does not, but every year, Spann sits down and lists what she wants to accomplish.

What are these goals? Not many people know, as she has limited the number of people who are aware of them ever since she began this exercise as a high schooler. Whatever they were, this list of goals helped motivate Spann to a breakout year in 2014.

Spann’s career in the blue and white got off to a rocky start. In her first practice as a true freshman in 2013, the Maryland native tore her ACL, which sidelined her for the year. Spann sat and watched as the Lady Lions went 24-8, won the Big Ten, and made their second Sweet Sixteen in three years.

But while the team was excelling on the court, Spann was working in the weight room. She spent the entire year rehabilitating her knee and made such a positive impression that at season’s end she received the Robin Lombard Award, given to players who possess “qualities that exemplify the true spirit of Lady Lion basketball.” Spann’s hard work off the court led to additional recognition from the coaching staff – she was named one of the team’s tri-captains for the 2014-15 season, which for a redshirt freshman is quite the accomplishment.

“It is something you don’t see a lot, but (coach) Coquese (Washington) trusted me with that role and I feel like having that role last year really prepared me to be a leader throughout life and with this team,” Spann said.

From the start of last season, Spann established herself as the squad’s go-to scorer. Her team-high 13.2 points per game made her the fifth freshman to lead the team in scoring since 1980, and the first since Maggie Lucas in 2010-11. Spann’s success doesn’t just occur on the hardwood: the communications major was an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2014, and she’s a member of Penn State’s Athletic Director’s Institute of Leadership.

Now, with the season around the corner, Spann has a brand new list of goals. Like always, these goals will encompass her entire life. And like always, these goals will be kept close to the Lady Lions’ star’s heart.

The Lady Lions’ 2015-16 season kicks off on Friday, Nov. 13, when the team hosts Holy Cross at the Bryce Jordan Center. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.

Bill DiFilippo, online editor

November 4, 2015 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 4, 2013

Dreaming of a Blue Christmas: Actually, it’s no dream. The video below is the very real holiday light display set up by Robert Witt ’01 of Schwenksville, Pa. It started blowing up the internet yesterday, and it is something else:

I’m not gonna lie: I’m not sure I’d want to live right next door to that. But it is impressive work.

Hump day hoops: The 10th-ranked Lady Lions continue a tough non-conference schedule tonight when they host No. 4 Notre Dame in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. The match-up marks the first meeting between Penn State coach Coquese Washington and her Fighting Irish counterpart, Muffet McGraw, but as the Daily Collegian tells us, the two have serious history: Washington played for and later coached under McGraw at Notre Dame, which won the 2001 national championship while she was an assistant.

The Nittany Lions fell at Pitt last night, 78-69, in their Big Ten/ACC match-up. It was a close game throughout, and an impressive showing for the Lions, who were playing their fifth game in 10 days. Pitt, unbeaten this season, is 106-3 all-time at the Petersen Events Center against non-conference opponents.

Getting a read: Americanah, a novel by the Nigerian-born writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has been chosen as the Penn State Reads common book for the incoming class of 2014. (more…)

December 4, 2013 at 11:25 am Leave a comment

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