“Legs and arc.” That’s what YSU Senior Guard Alison Smolinski is thinking every time she takes a three point shot.
“My coaches always tell me just shoot it when you’re open,” says Smolinski. “It’s ok if it doesn’t go in. Who cares if it doesn’t go in. Just keep shooting. We know how you shoot, and that makes me feel good again. I’m like, I am going to make the next shot.”
This year, Smolinski has made 57 shots from behind the arc. That’s the second most for a Division I player in the entire country. The one she hit at home on Saturday broke the school record at Youngstown State.
“Yea I think that is something I will cherish forever,” says Smolinski. “This year I went in saying I just don’t want to have any regrets. It’s my last year here. I want to give it everything I have and we’re not done yet, so that’s the coolest part about it.”
Alison Smolinski now ranks number one at YSU with 210 career three pointers, and she still has at least fifteen games left to play. But re-writing the record book is not her biggest goal.
“Definitely to win the Horizon League Championship. That’s been our goal”, says Smolinski. “Coach Barnes, that’s been our one goal here. The records, all that, just comes with it. That’d be nice, to be remembered as a champion. I think that’s all I want here.”