She’s playing for Team USA. And she’s in another country.
So far, everything has worked out well.
“I took two tests and got A’s on both so it hasn’t been too bad,” said Moore, who has over a 3.7 GPA. “The only glitch is that the internet has been spotty at times, making Skype-ing more difficult.”
The sports media and promotion major is taking 12 credits this semester and even considered applying for a Rhodes Scholarship, but decided against it. She hasn’t had too much trouble managing her time 4,000 miles away from campus.
“It’s a balancing act,” she said. “I make time for study hall, but also have fun hanging out with my teammates.”
Moore isn’t the only college player in the tournament. Canada, which lost 87-46 to the U.S. on Monday, has two student-athletes of its own with Notre Dame freshman Natalie Achonwa and Gonzaga senior Janelle Bekkering. The two Canadians were matched up with Moore during the game.
All three are trying to balance representing their countries and keeping up with school back in the U.S. It would have been virtually impossible to do both 20 years ago. Now with the internet, the three players are able to download classes online, talk to teachers via email, or utilize Skype to communicate with classmates.
“My teachers have been very cooperative,” said Bekkering, who led Canada with eight points against the U.S. “Before we got here I registered for classes and made sure the teachers were all right with it.”
“This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for someone her age to compete with the best players in the world,” McGraw wrote to The Associated Press in an email. “The experiences she’s getting over there, with the basketball competition and the chance to learn a new culture, are going to prove invaluable to her growth as a student-athlete.”
“We sat there and did homework together,” said Bekkering. “It’s more difficult for her because I’m a fifth-year senior. This semester I only had to take three classes.”