Jan. 26, 2012
Sade Morris (Women’s Basketball) 2006-10
Morris hails from Sooner country, but the Norman, Okla. Native quickly adjusted to life in Lawrence. The 5-11 guard amassed 1,276 points during her KU career, which was good enough for 14th on the program’s all-time scoring list. Morris was named to the 2009 WNIT All-Tournament Team, after helping her team reach the championship game against South Florida at Allen Fieldhouse. She went onto play professionally in Finland during the 2010-11 season and is looking to get back to playing pro ball next season.
Why did you choose to play basketball at KU?
“Part of it was that I wanted to get away from home, but I also really enjoyed how I opened up with people I didn’t know and how I was able to be myself with the coaches.”
What was your favorite part about playing at Kansas?
“My favorite part about KU was the tradition it had. Also, the family bonding that we experienced during the trip to Australia (2007). I would say it (KU) definitely exceeded my expectations.”
What was your greatest accomplishment during your career?
“My greatest accomplishment would be making it to the WNIT Championship game (in 2009). It was amazing because playing in front of a big crowd is what every college player dreams of, and we actually had the chance to do so. Becoming a 1,000 point scorer was another great accomplishment I would add.”
What was it like to end up with 1,276 career points and 14th on KU’s all-time scoring list?
“It’s been surreal. It really didn’t hit me until after my senior season. It feels great that I’m a part of something big like that.”
What was your favorite non-game memory at KU?
“My favorite memory would be before every game. LaChelda Jacobs would do her… I don’t know what kind of dance it is, but she’d do this dance that everybody loved. We’d always crack up, and it’d get us loose before a game.”
Do you still keep in touch with former teammates?
“I keep in touch with most people through facebook and Twitter.”
Do you still follow the Jayhawks?
“Oh yes, I actually went to the Oklahoma State game that was in Oklahoma (Jan. 18), and this past weekend, I checked them out against Texas A&M (at Allen Fieldhouse). I’ll surely check them out again when they come down here and play Oklahoma (March 4).
How was it to be back in Allen Fieldhouse for Alumni Weekend?
“It was surreal. It felt like I should be getting dressed and getting my mind set to play again and step out on the court.”
How was playing overseas?
“I loved it! It was nice and cold. I played in Finland, where the temperature was average -30 degrees. I enjoyed playing over there.”
What was your favorite part about playing in Finland?
“My favorite part was how much more relaxing it is. I got to spend more time helping younger kids learn the game. It was fun to kind of help coach the younger kids to being better players. I also got to go skiing for the first time.”
What are you up to these days, now that you are not playing professionally?
“Right now, I’m working for this group home down in Norman, Oklahoma, but I’m going to be trying out for teams and overseas scouts here pretty soon.”
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