||Senior Profile: Amy Barlow
RELEASED: Feb. 3, 2005
DANVILLE, KYName: Amy Barlow
Hometown: Liberty, Ky.
Major: History with teaching certification
Activities: Point guard on the women's basketball team, Big Brothers Big Sisters
Plans after graduation: "I hope to get a teaching position in the area and coach basketball."
You were hurt last season and underwent three surgeries on your knee. How does it feel to be back? "Not playing last season was one of the tougher things I've had to do mentally and physically. I have a greater appreciation for the game, and this year I don't take playing for granted."
What's been the best part of this season? "For me, it's getting to step out on the floorbe it for practice or a gameand give it my all and realize I have the opportunity to play again. Each and every day is a blessing to go out and play."
What's your favorite memory of basketball at Centre? "My favorite memories would definitely be going to the [NCAA Division III] Sweet 16 tournament and winning the conference championship my freshman year."
What did you do during CentreTerm? "I did an independent study at the alternative school. I believe I've learned the most from this experience in a setting that's not the traditional classroom. I saw kids who are much less fortunate than I am, who come from difficult home situations, but who are working to succeed in life."
What are you reading now? War Stories by Oliver North. "It's about the personal accounts of World War II and the background information you never really hear about."
What will you miss about Centre? "I already miss it. I'll miss the relationships with friends, professors and staff who make the experience so special."
Quotable: "Centre has provided me with endless opportunities not only in academics and athletics, but in other areas of my life. It's taught me that no matter where you came from, you can achieve anything if you put your heart into it."
What others say about Amy:
"Amy has been an assistant here in the Student Life Office for several years now, as well as an active and involved member of the campus community. She's a determined and capable young woman who's been a true leader, both on and off the basketball court. Amy also has a good sense of humor and has put up with more than her share of good-natured abuse from me. We're going to miss her."
Randy Hays, vice president and dean of student life
"Amy has been a critical piece to the success of the women's basketball program here. She helped lead the team to a conference championship and to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. She was an all-conference selection every season and ranked nationally in assists and free-throw percentage. She has the best basketball IQ of any player I've ever come across, but most important, she's one of the most wonderful people you could ever meet. Amy has great character and is a genuine person who cares about others. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to coach Amy."
Jennifer Ruff-Osborne, head women's basketball coach
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