Subscribe for 17¢ / day
CollegePlus Player-profile: Britney Lohman
Britney Lohman, a two-time all-conference performer, is averaging 7.6 points and 6.1 rebounds for the Montana Lady Griz. Lohman is the reigning Big Sky Conference defensive player of the year.

Lohman, a senior post for the 13-3 Montana Lady Griz, was born in Miles City and grew up in Glendive. Her father, Clint, was an exceptional athlete at Dawson County High School, but by the time the family moved to Bozeman when she was in junior high, Lohman was writing her own success story. Lohman, a 2005 Bozeman High grad, was named the Big Sky Conference's defensive player of the year last season. She also has a proven offensive game, and has shot 47.2 percent from the floor in her career. Lohman is a two-time second-team all-Big Sky selection.

On her Eastern Montana roots…

"I was born in Miles City but we actually lived in Glendive through my early years. I lived there until I was 12. We moved before my eighth grade year, but I played with some really good athletes there. Kayla McPherson now plays at MSUB, and she and I were best friends. We were inseparable. So I was a Lady Devil for awhile before we moved over to Bozeman.

On her defensive ability…

"I actually wasn't really aware of my defensive prowess, per se, until I got to Montana. Somewhere in between high school and college my defensiveness came into fruition, I guess. It's a mentality. Not every girl wants to go out and play defense. I only averaged 11 points in high school. I was never a big scorer. Defense has always been more of my focus. I try to take as many charges as possible and make coach (Robin) Selvig happy."

On her shooting ability…

"My shooting hasn't been too bad, and I don't get a lot of perimeter opportunities. But I take open shots, and I get a lot of looks close to the basket. That really helps bump up my percentage."

On her decision to play for the Lady Griz…

"I entertained playing for the Lady Cats because they started recruiting me early. But since the time I was a fifth grader I'd been trekking over from Glendive and going to Lady Griz camp. They were my number one. I knew if they didn't come through I'd be a Lady Cat, but it wasn't my No. 1 choice, although they have a great program and are not to be underestimated."

On playing for coach Robin Selvig…

"It's everything you could ask for. He's an incredible coach. He's lived up to his legacy every day that I've been here. He's been great. He's a tremendous coach and also is a mentor. He's a symbol of respect and has a great basketball philosophy."

On playing with Mandy Morales…

"She was always such an awesome high school player, as well. She and Dana (Conway) and Shadra (Robison) made for a tough team at Billings West. But Mandy was unstoppable. I remember she had 45 points one night at Bozeman. It's good to reminisce on those times with them. Mandy was great. And she's nothing less than that now. She's such an unselfish teammate. She's so talented, but she loves to see her teammates score and loves to get assists. She's a great leader on and off the floor. I look up to her as a peer.

On being recognized as an all-conference player…

"It's a great honor. There are a lot of great girls in our league, and a lot of them go unnoticed. So it's nice to be recognized as one of the better players."

On her improvement in the last four years…

"I've improved exponentially, I'd say. The whole mental aspect of the game is so much clearer now than it was when I was a freshman. When you come in as a freshman you're so unaware of your full potent as a player and as an athlete in general. You don't know the extent to your capabilities as a basketball player. But I feel like I've reached my full potential here at Montana."

On her goals and expectations for the rest of this season…

"I just like to go out and continue to play great defense. That's No. 1 on my list every night. I want to come in and play every game in the moment and play my best for 40 minutes. Obviously we have bigger team goals - to win the Big Sky Conference and make it to the NCAA. I've never put it into perspective what it's like to play in the NCAA tournament. Last year, against Vanderbilt, we didn't play too well. I think we can do much better, and that's a team goal. To first make it there and then show them what we've got."

Subscribe to Breaking News

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.
0
0
0
0
0