The Randolph College athletic department each week showcases a question and answer feature with our WildCat of the Week. The 16th student-athlete selected for the year is women's basketball player Danielle Rizzari.
Rizzari was tremendous in the ODAC tournament for the WildCats. She helped the team win their first ODAC tournament game in program history, defeating Bridgewater College in the first round. Then in the quarterfinals, she tallied a career-high 19 points against top-seeded Lynchburg College.
You scored a career-high in Salem at the ODAC tournament. What did it mean to you and your teammates to have that type of run and demolish the preseason predictions?
It's difficult to put into words what it meant for my teammates and I to prove everyone wrong looking back on preseason predictions. Everyone in the past has seen us as a joke so it has been a phenomenal year proving to these teams that we aren't a "slack team" anymore.
What have you gained from being a part of this program?
I have gained many life long friendships and learning what the true meaning of "family" means when being a part of an athletic team.
What is your favorite thing about Randolph College?
My favorite thing about Randolph college is the family atmosphere and having the opportunity to meet everyone even if it's just on a name basis.
How has being a student-athlete affected you?
Being a student athlete has made me grow as a person and also has taught me time management through having classes all day, straight to practices. I had to learn to balance both.
What are your goals following graduation and how has being a part of this team and institution helped you so far?
My goals after graduation is to earn my masters in Social Work, then travel for a bit to explore other areas of the world. Being apart of this team has brought me one step closer to my goals because basketball is a major communication induced sport. So having this practice will help me in my future field of work where communication is key.