DeCamp earns player of the week honors
Friday, February 29, 2008
By Sarah Gogarty
Named Sooner Athletic Conference player of the week for the second time this season, sophomore guard Kailan DeCamp led the Lady Eagles basketball team to two victories against Wayland Baptist University and Lubbock Christian University the week of Feb. 11 through 17.
Women's basketball coach Stephanie Findley believed that DeCamp earned the honor as the SAC player of the week because of a few well-rounded games where she led the team.
"For that particular week, she carried us, scored a lot and had quite a few rebounds," Findley said. "She had a well balanced stat line that particular week, plus hitting the game winning shot against Lubbock Christian, can sway the final decision."
Though her stats show she earned the honor, DeCamp still believes it was more than just her own work that got her there.
"It's a good feeling. If it weren't for my teammates and coaches, it wouldn't happen," DeCamp said.
DeCamp is a dedicated player that gets into the game, maybe even a little more than other players. She uses her drive to accomplish things for herself.
"I think most of our girls are fairly competitive, but she might be a little more competitive," Findley said. "She is a hard worker, I really don't have to push her to work. She is motivated to do those things."
Being named SAC player of the week once earlier in the season and again weeks ago, Decamp is still very team oriented, looking for ways to help her teammates out.
"I'd rather win a bunch a games then be named conference player of the week," Decamp said. "I just plan to play my role, be the leader of the team and make sure everyone is happy."
DeCamp has noticed the struggles that her team has gone through this year, but looks at it in an optimistic way that keeps her and her team's hopes up.
"We are really young and so we have our ups and downs, but seeing us come together and progress is defiantly a good thing," DeCamp said.
While she tries to be a good example for her teammates, Decamp also makes sure to personally prepare for each game physically and mentally.
Like all the other players, Decamp works out with the team and with the trainer, but when preparing mentally, she takes time for personal focus, even though she is still thinking about the team.
"Mentally, I try just to stay calm and collected, so that my team doesn't get freaky or anything. And I just try to keep myself from getting to tense," DeCamp said
DeCamp started basketball at a young age and was playing on teams by third grade.
She has found the environment enjoyable and has continued because she continues to have fun while playing.
Basketball influenced her choice in going to Oklahoma Christian University but the overall environment has kept her there.
"I had other options, but this was defiantly the type of environment that I wanted to be in," DeCamp said. "I really liked the coaches and I liked the campus. I just felt like this is where God was directing me to be."
DeCamp found that her love for the game keeps her playing her best every game, allowing her to go to a different place each time she hits the court.
"I just love playing. It is a completely different world on the court, it's just no worries or anything," DeCamp said. "I just play every game like it is my last. It's what I love to do."
Her love for the game keeps her going, but her true inspiration for life and who has influenced her game is her mother.
As one of her coaches in high school, DeCamp's mother always made sure that she was doing the right thing. If DeCamp was not sure she wanted to keep going, her mother was there to push her that extra step.
"She has always pushed me and kind of kept my head on straight," DeCamp said. "She pushed me to be the best that I can be and not get into the things that don't really matter."