Winona State Universities, Hannah McGlone, is on track to play in more games for WSU Women’s Basketball, then anyone who has ever played for the team.
When Hannah McGlone steps on to the floor at McCown Gymnasium, Feb. 18 she will tie Natalie Gigler, 2007-11, for most games played, at 119.
McGlone needs to play one game in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament to take the record.
Fortunately for McGlone every team in the NSIC qualifies for the tournament, barring injury she will hold the record when her collegiate basketball career comes to an end this spring.
McGlone said that, playing in 100 games and other career milestone like 900 points, 800 rebounds and 70 steals are all just meaningless stats, if they didn’t help the team win.
McGlone, the lone senior for the Warriors this season, will leave a mark on the Winona State campus not only for her play on the court but also her efforts off-court.
“I’m a hard worker and competitor,” McGlone said. “At the end of the day there is more to life than basketball. Being a good friend, family member and person off the court is what matters most.”
McGlone’s personality when she isn’t playing basketball dates to her humbling roots growing up in what she said is an average family.
Spending her childhood in the middle-class neighborhood of Streamwood, Illinois, McGlone said she never realized her full potential in basketball, until high school where she played on the varsity team for four years.
McGlone’s father always had supported her in everything she did and had high hopes for her future, however he didn’t always expect Hannah to become the basketball player she is today.
“She always had the size, but struggled with catching the ball when she was young.” joked Greg McGlone. “She had what we called blocks for hands.”
Hannah McGlone says that family is everything to her and the reason that she plays basketball.
Both Greg and Peggy McGlone coached their daughters, Hannah and Megan, while they were growing up.
McGlone claims her parents and uncle are the reason she has become the basketball player she is today.
Everything from coaching to practicing in the driveway, her family was the most important part of her growth as basketball player, said Mcglone.
McGlone said she has no immediate plans for her future but knows basketball will no doubt be a part of it.
“If I get the opportunity to continue my basketball career on the court, it will be hard to pass.” McGlone said. “I know for a fact that I want to coach at some point.”
On track to earn a teaching degree this spring, McGlone wants to eventually work her way into an athletic director or coaching job at the collegiate or professional level.