In each of her years at Drew, Erin Frederick (’21) has increasingly been called upon by her women’s basketball teammates to step up. Now in her third campaign for the Rangers, she has become one of the teams’ most consistent scorers and rebounders. While on Drew’s radar as a basketball recruit, Frederick knew she would attend Drew as she fell for the location and size of the campus.
The biggest challenge facing her as a student-athlete has been managing academics on big game days or days after a loss. Frederick explained, “It’s important to maintain focus during the day at class even though the adrenaline of season has kicked in.” Her focus has paid off so far this year as she was named tournament MVP at the Leham College Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. The accolade led to Frederick being honored as Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week for games played Dec. 23-Jan. 5 and a spot on the D3hoops.com Team of the Week.
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Basketball has been a constant in Frederick’s life since she started playing competitively when she was young. By the time she reached high school she knew she wanted to continue her playing career in college because she loved competing so much. On fulfilling her dream, Frederick eagerly said, “I have had such a positive experience playing for Drew, the work that my coaches and teammates put in constantly motivates me to do my best. It's a great environment, and I love the people around me.”
A double major in Computer Science and Business Studies, Frederick has yet to pinpoint a specific career path but said, “It would be ideal to be in a job that is for computer science but also includes relationships obtained in the business world.” While Frederick is still discovering what she wants to do, she is certain that she wants to combine both of her academic interests in the future.
Her favorite moment came early in her collegiate career, during her freshman year, when the team beat Moravian by two points. Since then, Frederick has had her sights set on wanting to play and win in a landmark championship, adding, “I know that we are more than capable and I want to be an asset to guide my teammates to a big win and program history.” For now though, Frederick and the women’s basketball team’s big goal is to make this year’s playoffs.
Frederick and the Rangers women’s basketball team will be back in Baldwin Gymnasium Saturday, Jan. 25 against Elizabethtown at 4 p.m.