Athlete of the Month: Pazia Speed

By Brooks Hooley

Pazia Speed (Photo provided)

Pazia Speed (Photo provided)

Senior guard Pazia Speed has been an anchor for the women’s basketball team during her years in the green and white. This was evident the 69-62 victory over Holy Cross College Nov. 5. Speed scored 33 points in the contest and was 17-17 from the charity stripe. She also contributed four rebounds, two assists and only had one turnover.

“I let the game just come to me instead of forcing it,” she said. “I knew just about every time I drove they were fouling me. So I kept doing it, and it seemed to be working out for us.”

Coach Lori Culler is well aware of Speed’s abilities on the court.

“Pazia definitely has the talent and ability to have more performances like this despite the likelihood of seeing the opponent’s best defender night in and night out,” Culler said. “We will need her to be a consistent double-digit scorer to be successful this year.”

Speed utilizes her left-handedness as an advantage on the court.

“Everyone’s instinct is to stop the drive going right, but when someone drives left it’s unnatural,” Speed said.

She scored 21 of her 33 points in the second half against Holy Cross, going 6-8 from the field and 9-9 from the free-throw line. She had 21 of the team’s 39 points in the half.

Speed eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for her career in the game against Rochester College Nov. 17.

“Pazia’s ability to penetrate and finish is already a major part of her game,” Culler said. “The fact that she can knock down the 3 with regularity makes her penetration that much more effective.”

Speed is the lone senior on the women’s basketball team.

“It makes me sad that I’m the last one to finish in my class, but I wouldn’t change it,” Speed said.

The Huntingtonian Athlete of the Month is separate from any selection made by the athletic department.

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