By KEVIN BOILARD
As the University of Mary Washington women’s basketball team approaches the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament, the squad is looking to its leader, lone senior Carol Dye, for guidance.
The six-foot-two-inch center from Springfield, Va., makes an impact on both ends of the court, averaging 8.9 points per game and 8.4 rebounds per game during the 2012-2013 season.
Dye, an English major, spends plenty of time refining her jump shot, but this week she gave the Bullet an inside look at her life off the court.
Biggest pet peeve: “I really hate when people aren’t on time. I’ve always been that person that arrives 15 minutes early to everything, so it really bothers me when people show up late or even just a couple minutes ahead of time.”
Downtown Fredericksburg or Central Park: “Downtown Fredericksburg. My mom has definitely influenced my decision on this one. I’ve become interested in the history of Fredericksburg, particularly the Civil War, because of her. Plus, whenever my parents and sister come down to a game, we usually go downtown to eat afterwards.”
One thing most people don’t know about Dye: I hated being tall until I came to college.
Favorite childhood memory: “My favorite childhood memory is when we got my dog, Daisy. Although this was in sixth grade, I still consider it a childhood memory. I begged my parents for years until they finally gave in.”
Best on-campus study spot: “The tree houses in the library on the third floor. We have study hall there every pre- and post-season.”
Secret talent: “I like to think that I’m a pretty good artist. My grandma is an artist, and I think I inherited this from her. Whenever I visit her, we paint together.”
Biggest fear: “Graduating. But it’s also something I’m very excited about.”
Favorite pre-game meal: “The night before: Noodles and Company. For breakfast: Cinnamon and raisin bagel with peanut butter. Before the game: Subway.”
Toughest part about playing a sport at UMW: “It’s tough being a college athlete. The hardest part for me used to be managing everything between schoolwork, practice and games, and my social life. However, four years later and I’ve almost mastered it.”
Favorite year/season of basketball at UMW: “Last year was definitely an amazing experience. It still shocks me every time I think about it. But I’ve had some great experiences this year as well. This year I had to find a new role for myself on this team, being the lone senior.”