From the Bench: Rebecca Thompson
Rebecca Thompson
From the Bench: Rebecca Thompson
Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SHREVEPORT, La. – This week on From the Bench, sits down with junior women's basketball player Rebecca Thompson. The Benton, La., native is heading into her third season with the Maroon and White. The two-year letterwinner has ranked among the leaders in the SCAC in rebounding in her two previous seasons including finishing second in the conference among all freshmen her first season. Thompson is a two-time SCAC Aacdemic Honor Roll selection and is a double major in Biology and Chemistry at Centenary.

Q: How did you get started in basketball?

A: When I was five, I asked my mom to sign me up for basketball. She thought I was too young and told me no. So, I took the Bossier Parks and Recreation sign up sheet that was sent to my older brother and filled the form out myself. At the time all I could write was my name, so the form read “Name: Rebecca DOB: Rebecca T-shirt size: Rebecca”. My mom figured that I really did mean it when I said I wanted to play. So, she signed me up and I have been playing ever since.

Q: What was your first team's name?

A: Tigers

Q: What are some of your routines/superstitions on game day or during games?

A:  The day before every game I get all my clothes that I need for the next day and wash them. Also, I make a playlist at the beginning of each season and I listen to that same playlist all season. I have to listen to it loud enough before every game so that I can’t hear anyone else and can tune everything out.

Q: What is your favorite basketball memory?

A: My favorite memory was in high school when we played one of our rivals. I was given the assignment to guard the main player on the other team, who averaged 20 points a game. During that game, she only scored 6 points. We were playing well as a team and were meshing on the court. We ended up winning the game and the school was decorated for us when we showed up the next day.

Q: If you could change one thing about basketball, what would it be and why?

A:  Everyone would be just as slow as I am.

Q: I wear my uniform number because:

A: It’s a number that guards typically wear, so that’s how I convince myself that I can dribble.