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Allison Hightower: So far so good

Allison Hightower in action against the Washington Mystics, Sunday May 23, 2010 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun rolled to an 80-65 win.
Allison Hightower in action against the Washington Mystics, Sunday May 23, 2010 at Mohegan Sun Arena. The Sun rolled to an 80-65 win.

So far my transition from college to the WNBA has been a fun and different experience. I most definitely have enjoyed every part of it.

I have to say one of the biggest differences between playing basketball in college and the WNBA is the speed of the game. It's definitely a faster pace than it is from college, because in college you have a 30-second shot clock and now you have a 24-second shot clock.

We run the ball way more in the WNBA, and we also take quicker shots. In college you have all the time in the world to be patient and run your offense as many times as you may need to. I like the up tempo style of the WNBA because to me it's fun!

Of course, when you enter the next level everybody is just as good as, or even better than you are. Players are quick, strong, tough, and have an overall passion about the game that makes you love every minute of it.

Coming from LSU I had the privilege to play for ex-WNBA coach and four-time WNBA champion of the Houston Comets Van Chancellor. He is a great coach who bought his knowledge and competitiveness to LSU. He taught me a lot, and prepared me for the next level. He also told me some very important keys about making it in the WNBA because everybody in the league is so talented, and you have to make sure that you stay on top of your game at all times if you want to be successful. I was very lucky to have him as a coach because he has helped me get to this point of making my very first WNBA roster!

So far everything has been good. The transition was something I really thought I would struggle with, but with the help of my teammates and coaches, I am getting adjusted very well.

Connecticut is a great place to be, especially if you love women's basketball. I am truly blessed to be able to live my dream of playing professional basketball in the WNBA.

Hopefully, I'll be able to play as long as the Good Lord lets me. Until next time, go Sun!!!

- Allison Hightower


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