Athlete Profile: Rachel Semansky

Women’s basketball senior forward Rachel Semansky might be known for her work on the court, but it is her faith in God that drives her. “[My faith has] been everything that has contributed to my success. The Lord has guided me here and opened doors, and if I have an opportunity to glorify Him, I will. The Lord has allowed me to be successful.”

The Highwood, Mont. started playing basketball in fourth grade. “My brother had started to play, and one of the parents in Highwood started a traveling team. A bunch of girls started playing with the boys. It was just fun.”

Semansky, an Elementary Education major with a Reading Endorsement, likes the physicality of basketball the most. “Being a forward, you get to be pretty physical. You get to be in there for the rebounds, and that’s probably my favorite part.”

What is your favorite thing about basketball and why?
My favorite thing about basketball is that it’s a team sport. I like the girls I get to play with. It’s also a challenge and it’s competitive. It’s up-tempo and anything can happen.

Why did you come to MSU?
I had always wanted to come to MSU. My whole family has gone here; I’m the fourth generation. Originally, I wasn’t being recruited here, so I was looking at other schools. Then, Coach [Tricia] Binford offered me a scholarship, and it was an easy decision.

What do you do to prepare before a game?
Before a game, I listen to music, mentally prepare and visualize what’s going to happen on the court. The main thing I do is pray.

Do you plan to continue competing in basketball in the future?
I’ve given it a lot of thought. I don’t think I will though. I have one more year of school, and I don’t think I’d be doing it for the right reasons if I would continue. The best thing about playing here is that my family can watch. If I’d go overseas, it would be a good experience, and it would be enjoyable, but it’s not for the right reasons. If things change, I would be open to it though.

Have you received any awards while playing basketball?
I’ve been named Academic All-Conference all four years, I’ve been Academic All-American the last two years, 1st-Team All-Conference as a sophomore, 2nd-Team All-Conference as a junior, and I’m also in the 1000 Point Club.

What do you like to do in your free time?
In the summer, my favorite thing to do is go to Flathead Lake. My family has a cabin there. I just like being with my family, being outside and hiking when I have the chance. I love fishing with my dad, and I like reading. “Jane Eyre” and “Harry Potter” are my favorites.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
I took Assessment with Dr. Lynn Kelting-Gibson. That class was really interesting and I learned a lot. My other favorite class is Health Enhancement Methods with Nancy Colton. We did P.E. games. That was really fun.

What would you like to tell students/readers about MSU basketball?
We are a very close team, and we play well together. Come out and support us when you can!