HS Q&A: Getting to know San Antonio Christian’s Sarah Gwin
San Antonio Christian senior Sarah Gwin is a fourth-year starting guard who recently scored her 2,000th career point. She achieved the feat as part of the Lions’ 53-47 victory over Corpus Christi Incarnate Word on Dec. 15 at the AT&T Center.
Gwin averages 18.6 points per game to lead the Lions and is a three-time member of the Express-News All-Area team for private schools.
E-N: How would you describe your development as a player from freshman to senior seasons?
“Of course, you start off freshman year not as experienced or mature. For the most part, I think I was somewhat experienced from playing AAU ball just skill-wise and playing against girls who were at a higher level and a little older. But in high school, it was hard at first trying to put myself out as more of a leader here. Since freshman year, I’ve learned to sync with everyone else here, and I’m more of a leader right now. I’ve grown in that area character-wise.”
E-N: You recently reached 2,000 career points, and you are the first from this school to do that. What does it mean to you?
“It’s a very big accomplishment. As of right now, it’s a big thing and I’m grateful, but I’m really wanting to lead the rest of the girls who are younger, especially the freshmen. I hope one day one of them breaks my record. I want someone to be better than me here. It grows the SACS program. I hope this encourages the young girls.”
E-N: Did you know when you scored your 2,000th point?
“Honestly, at first, just because I was in the game, I forgot about it. But then my coach called a timeout and (SACS athletic director Brandon Parrott) came up to me and told me, ‘Congrats.’ And I was, ‘Oh, yeah. I scored that.’ I was very happy, but it was in the middle of the game. I was ready to get back to the game.”
E-N: As a Spurs fan, what did it mean to you to achieve the feat on their home floor?
“It was special. I played on the court when I was little. I hoped that I’d get to do it again. It just added to how special it was.”
E-N: Do you have a favorite Spurs player?
“It’s between Tim Duncan and Manu (Ginobili), probably Tim Duncan, The Big Fundamental.”
E-N: How much do you miss seeing them play?
“I miss them a lot, especially Tim. Even if he wasn’t scoring, he somehow was able to make a presence on the court with his defense or rebounding. I really miss watching him right now.”
E-N: Did he influence the way you play?
“Yes, but if I’m being honest, I think it was more important to me seeing the WNBA. Back then, I’d watch them play, and Becky Hammon was the person I’d always watch. She was me. I thought I could be like her. She was fundamentally skilled, and she was always back on defense when she was on the floor.”
E-N: Becky Hammon has broken a barrier in the NBA as a member of the Spurs coaching staff. What do you think about that?
“I think it’s awesome. It’s important that women, especially the ones who went pro, can also be helping in the NBA. They’ve gotten that far from college to pro, so they can help. NBA is more flashy, but WNBA is more fundamental skills and thinking ahead, so I think Becky Hammon helps with the Spurs. The Spurs move the ball and are more fundamentally skilled, and I think she’s had a role in that.”
E-N: What do you think girls can learn from Hammon?
“It doesn’t matter if you are a guy or a girl. It’s whatever you can bring to the court. Coach Popovich saw (Hammon) knew what she was doing. Girls can coach on the pro teams, too. She’s showing younger girls today - you can do it if you put your heart, your mind and your skills into it.”
E-N: How important is it for you to have a role model like that?
“It’s very important. At a young age, you need someone to look up to. You don’t know exactly what you are doing and what it takes. But having that person there to show you the way, it just builds that path up. When you have someone like that, it can be easy. … She’s shown me working hard can lead to bigger things, whether it’s basketball or not.”