McAbee earns Player of the Week
by LaVonte Young
Feb 24, 2014 | 1174 views |  0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Talladega native Marie McAbee earned Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of Feb 17-22. McAbee averaged 14.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.7 blocks while leading Tuskegee to three wins.

“Last week was a good week,” McAbee said. “We are just trying to finish out strong, so we can keep our No.1 spot.”

Tonight, McAbee will be honored for Senior Night. She said she that it hasn’t hit her that she will be playing in front of the Tuskegee faithful for the last time.

“You never think your time is going to come. “McAbee said. “It still hasn’t hit me that tomorrow is Senior Night, maybe it will hit me tomorrow when I walk on the court and realize this will be my last playing in Chappie James for the last time. It is bitter sweet.”

McAbee said she is not ready to adjust to life without basketball.

“Ever since I was nine or 10, I’ve always did at school-basketball,” McAbee said. “Now, I will have to attend school as a regular student. I am going to have to adjust to that is going to be hard for me. I have never been a regular student and not a student-athlete.”

The 5-foot-9, small forward hopes that her career won’t come to an end without some hardware. This season, McAbee leads the team is scoring with 15 points and nine rebounds.

“My season started out a little rocky,” McAbee said. “We had a lot of new recruits, but as the season moved on we got it together. We lost a couple of conference games, but I really don’t think that affected us too much. It showed us where we needed to be and what we needed to work harder on. I feel like I’ve had a good season, but there is always room to improve. I really want to win a championship this year, because it is my last year and I don’t want to be crying this year. If I am crying I want to be crying tears of happiness because I am cutting down those nets.”

The Tigerettes are 16-8 on the season and 13-3 in conference play. McAbee said there is pressure being the top seed going into SIAC tournament next week at the Birmingham CrossPlex.

“We were the No.1 seed last year and we are the No.1 seed this year,” McAbee said. “I kind of hate being the No. 1 seed. It feels like it is so much pressure on you. Last year, we got a bye and we lost the very first game. I do not want to do that this year. If it was choice I wouldn’t want to be the No.1 seed, I feel it is easier being No. 2 or below because there is no pressure. I think if we get past the first game I know we will be alright.”