On Saturday, Feb. 3 the University of Redlands Women’s Basketball team defeated Pomona Pitzer at our home Currier Gym. Not only did the Bulldogs take the W, but senior Reyna Ta’amu continued to make history when she scored the 1,000th point in her impressive basketball college career.
Ta’amu, best known as number 34 on the court, is the 9th player in the history of our University to complete this accomplishment. Originally from Lakewood California, Ta’amu has been playing basketball for 12 years, and as she finishes up her career she will be graduating in April with a bachelor’s degree in Business Admin. She has always played a power forward and because of her height, she tends to play in the center.
This year’s captains, Angela Silver and Allie Siksnus shared a plethora of kind words pertaining to Ta’amu. From her sweet and caring personality to her leadership on and off the court she is an all around team player.
“Our team has been very lucky to have such an incredible player but an even better teammate,” wrote Silver and Siksnus in an email. “That Reyna could reach the 1,000 points is a culmination of her hard-work, dedication, and love for the game. While her scoring abilities are amazing, she is also a fantastic rebounder and defender”
Additionally, her sorority sister and President, Anjali Bajaj states, “Reyna is the type of woman that carries herself with grace, both personally and professionally.”
The moment that Ta’amu scored her 1,000th point she didn’t realize it at first until she saw her teammates cheering on the sidelines.
“At the beginning of the season, I had set four goals for myself that I wanted to achieve this year and reaching the 1,000 point club was definitely one of those goals,” Ta’amu said. “When I finally achieved it, I was a bit in shock because 1,000 points is a lot, but I was also so happy that I could share in that moment with my teammates. It’s a moment I will never forget.”
Ta’amu is involved throughout campus here at our university, taking part in Greek Life, APO and Track and Field, yet her teammates say she always has time to play ball, putting her all into everything she does. As a member of AXΔ, Ta’amu serves many positions as the Community Service, Rush Chair and Philanthropy Director while juggling her other responsibilities with ease.
“She handled all of that stress and chaos, managing all of the events she had to organize and plan,” said Bajaj. “I was grateful to have Reyna as one of the first faces that potential rushees saw because I knew Reyna could charm them.”
Ta’amu makes it clear that there is more to the team than winning, and that her teammates and her coach push one another to be better in the best possible ways.
“The two main principles that our coach has always instilled in our team is the phrase ‘We Not Me’ and that we are a family,” shared Ta’amu. “The ‘We Not Me’ means that whatever we do, we keep in mind our teammates.”
Ta’amu had a bittersweet Senior Night this last Saturday, as she walked out on the court with her parents on each side of her for introductions. Although the game did not go they way they had wanted, Ta’amu has a positive attitude towards it.
“Our team had fought back from a 15 point deficit to send the game into overtime and it was inspiring to see all the hard work and heart that we left out on the court,” Ta’amu said. “Bulldogs never give up and we made sure we battled until the very end.”
After graduation, she plans to take the GRE and start applying to grad schools. Ta’amu expresses how much she has enjoyed every moment of this experience and ends with a powerful message as she states, “We’re more than a team; were sisters.”