QUEENS, NY — LaGuardia CC women’s basketball coach Anthony Alfaro announced that Genesee CC guard Pamela Crespo has transferred to the Red Hawks’ program.
Crespo will have two years left of eligibility with the Red Hawks and is able to suit up with LaGuardia CC in the 2016-2017 Season.
She red-shirted her first season at Genesee Community College and appeared in four collegiate games during the 2014-2015 season.
“A pass-first facilitator who can score when needed,” said Coach Alfaro, when asked to describe his new guard. “She will add more scoring opportunities for our already ‘potent, up-tempo’ offense. The coaching staff is very excited to have her on board.”
Crespo hails from Brooklyn, New York, where she attended and played at Lafayette High School. In her career at Lafayette, she averaged 15 points, 3 rebounds, and 8 assists per contest.
LaGuardia Community College finished this past season with a record of 23-8 overall, and 11-0 in conference play. The Red Hawks finished the year 12-3 at home, 9-4 on the road, and 2-1 on a neutral floor.
Crespo took the time to share her story with us, which you can read below.
Who do you play the game for?
I play the game for myself and my loved ones. My loved ones are my mom, grandmothers, my uncle, and my brother.
Who motivates you, and what advice did they give you?
My middle school coach Brian McCarthy. He always showed me unconditional love and endless support. He told me “Even when things get hard, don’t give up. Your time is precious, and so is your talent, use it! Don’t let it go to waste.”
What is the biggest obstacle you have had to overcome?
I overcame graduating high school; my high school years were the most difficult years for me. I was unfocused and distracted. I didn’t want to realize how important can be for me.
When did you realize that basketball can be important for you?
When I got selected to play for the NYC Mayor’s Cup. It happened right after being recruited by a Division II school. I knew this was just the beginning of my journey. I noticed how much time I wasted fooling around and how quickly good things came my way once I put some work in.
What was it like getting selected for the NYC Mayor’s Cup?
I couldn’t play much because I twisted my ankle three days before the game. While I was sitting on the bench, my coaching kept walking back and forth asking if I wanted to try to play. I finally said yes, and as soon I got in, I got the ball. When I went to make a move, I felt terrible. I couldn’t do anything. It was a very hard day for me, but just the feeling of being there made me feel better.
What do you want to do in life after basketball?
I want to become a police officer.
What are your passions in life?
Playing basketball, travelling around the world, and making my family proud of my accomplishments.
Where all have you travelled to?
I have been to the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Brazil, Florida, Maine, and Canada.
Who do you look up to?
I look up to my mother. She’s strong and an independent woman. I’ve never seen her back down during her hardest times. She motivates me to do better because I see all the hard work, effort, and time she puts into the sport I love.
I also look up to her because she never needs somebody’s approval to achieve her goals, she goes right for it.
What made you pick to come transfer to LaGuardia CC
Coach Alfaro was trying to recruit me from high school. I decided to go upstate and play. I came back home, and I was still in touch with him. He got me into school and now I will be playing for him this upcoming season.
What is it like playing in New York?
It is very competitive and fast. Every female is trying to reach the highest peak.
What do you know about LaGuardia CC women’s basketball team this past season?
They won the CUNY Championship; so they are on a mission this season.
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