Laura Craig-Versatility

Laura Craig-Versatility

Player Stats
Sport: Women's Basketball
Position: Guard
Year: Third Year
Height: 5'10"

Versatility. It's having the ability to do many different things well. It's being reliable and capable of filling in wherever you're needed, and doing whatever a coach asks you to do to win. It's a quality that most athletes strive for, and few achieve. It's a good word to describe third year guard Laura Craig. Her coach certainly believes so.

"Laura's biggest strength on the court is her versatility," says first year Spartan Women's Head Coach Kerby Court. "She is able to do so many things on both ends of the floor. She is very difficult to guard and has the ability create great looks for her teammates."

Last season, in her second year, she led the team in scoring average at 11.8 points a game, assists with 3.3 per game, and led in blocks with 10 during Canada West play. free throw percentage hitting at a .824 clip, She was also second in steals (2.3), and contributed 4.1 rebounds per contest.

As Laura enters her third season, she'll need to carry more of the scoring burden while continuing to fill up the statsheet. Now a veteran on a young Spartan squad, she'll also be taking on more of a leadership role. It's one she fills as much by what she does as what she says.

"Laura is one of our leaders on the floor...and sets a great example for her teammates to follow," says Coach Court. "She leads more through her actions than her words and those kinds of leaders are invaluable in a day and age when it's far more popular to talk the walk than actually walk the walk. Laura walks the walk of someone who is not satisfied with status quo. That quality is something every team needs to grow and mature."

Laura's leadership abilities extend to life off the court too. This year she's a part of a student organization called "SALT" which stands for the Student Athlete Leadership Team, which is made up of a few athletes from the various Spartan sports teams. The group meets a few -Continued from back cover

times a month to discuss issues that the athletes deal with, from spiritual to academic. It's part of taking the Complete Champion Approach she believes in as a Spartan, and about being apart of and believing in something bigger than just a basketball.

"It's unlike playing anywhere else at any other university. It's not entirely about basketball; it's about you as a person and playing for something bigger than yourself."

The South Delta grad used her versatility in high school where she, along with current teammate Becky Atkinson, helped lead the Sun Devils to a third place finish at Provincials. From there, she had no doubts she wanted to be a Spartan.

"In Grade Eight I came out on a view day for a game and the gym was packed," Laura remembers. "The band was there and everybody was cheering. So many fans and so much community, I just knew I wanted to play in front of that crowd."

With a new season started, Laura is focused on the task at hand. She loves playing for her new coach, and says the girls have really rallied around his positive and encouraging style. She says the girls aren't so much worried about wins and losses right now as they are about becoming the team they know they should be. You can bet that Laura will continue helping her team achieve that in a variety of ways. It's what being versatile, and a Spartan, is all about.

Last Updated: 2008-01-10
Author: Jeff Kilpatrick