Senior Athlete Spotlight: Whitney Allen

Category:  Sports
Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 5:03 PM
Senior Athlete Spotlight: Whitney Allen by Madi Gross
Photo: Madi Gross

When the Edinboro squad celebrated four seniors this past season on their Senior Day on Feb. 24, one of these athletes was actually celebrating her second Senior Day at the university. Whitney Allen gained an extra year of eligibility because of an injury she suffered in her (first) senior year. 

“I began playing at the age of 10 years old,” Allen began. “My dad was a professional basketball player, and my sister played. So they were my influencers.”

Originally from the United Kingdom, Allen started her academic and athletic career at Edinboro in 2013 and sported the number 12 throughout her career. Allen’s sister played at Oral Roberts University and later played professionally. 

“I think when my sister went to college in America, I thought that this was something (basketball) I could be playing in America,” she explained. “But at the age of 10, I just wanted to have fun and play basketball.”

She continued, “Edinboro has an amazing women’s basketball program, and that’s what attracted me to Edinboro.”

To describe her career at Edinboro as a student-athlete, Allen used the word “rewarding,” and to future or current students and student-athletes at Edinboro, she said “cherish the moments.”

“I love being a part of a team. I have met some amazing people and my best friends through playing basketball,” said Allen.

“I just want to thank everyone who has been on this journey with me. It’s been a great ride and is something I am going to cherish for the rest of my life,” Allen added.

She completed her basketball career with the Fighting Scots in March after winning the PSAC Championship and moving on to the NCAA tournament. For the 2016-17 season, Allen ranked second in both rebounds and assists and third in blocks for the Edinboro team. After graduation, she plans to utilize her degree in social work and she also plans to do a lot of traveling. 

“My time here at Edinboro means the world to me, and I will remember it for the rest of my life,” Allen concluded.

Madi Gross can be reached at sports.spectator@gmail.com

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