|Rachel Michalek 50
GENERAL: Walk-on for 2003-04 season who's since earned a scholarship...Solid fundamentals and good passing ability...Ability to draw fouls by driving hard at the basket...Consistent free throw shooter...Pass first mentality...Good in catch-and-shoot scenarios.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in 26 games... Dropped a career-high 12 points against Canisius (1/22/05)... Hit on 7-of-8 free throws including four clutch free throws in the final minute to lead the Saints to a victory over Canisius (1/22/05)... Averaged 8.8 mpg... Named to the 2005 New York Lottery MAAC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team...
AS A FRESMAN: Saw action in 12 games...Nabbed four rebounds...Added three assists, one block and one steal.
BEFORE SIENA: Lettered in basketball, swimming and softball for Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart...Four-time member of All-Catholic and All-Western Teams...Named Monsignor Martin MVP as a junior and senior...Finished high school career as the league's all-time leading scorer (1,613 points) ...Three-year participant in the Empire State Games...Chose Siena over Lemoyne, St. Bonaventure and Niagara University because of Siena's overall basketball program.
PERSONAL: Born on March 18, 1985...The daughter of Mark and Karen Michalek...Sister, Kristy is a member of the St. Bonaventure University swim team.
The Michalek File
What basketball player when growing up did you most want to be like and why?
Catherine Jacobs, she played for Buffalo and was an amazing point guard. She was an even nicer person.
Who has been more instrumental in you making it to the Division I level of basketball?
Sister Maria Pares, (my grammar and high school coach) because she pushed me and taught me so much.
What is the funniest or strangest thing that has happened to you while you have been playing basketball?
Surbs hitting half court shots like it is her job!!
What's your favorite sports teams, NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL?
If you could play one person and either learn from or school them, who would it be and why?
J. J. Reddick, he is awesome.
Who first taught or introduced the game of basketball to you? Explain
My dad. At the Buffalo Police Gym, he would take me there when I was little and we'd play "around the world."
If you had a motto to live by, what would it be?
"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none." -Shakespeare
What is the most unpopular movie that you love?
On those long bus rides from game to game, what song would we hear you play the most?
Dancing in the Moonlight.
What was your single best feeling during your playing career?
Coach Castelli sitting me down and telling me that I had earned a scholarship.
If you could be interviewed by one person in the media, who would it be and why?
Ellen! She is so funny.
What was your offseason workout routine consist of?
In the gym Monday through Friday and on the beach for the weekend.
If we caught you sneaking a treat, what kind of food is your guilty pleasure?
Reese's (My mom's)
If you could go anywhere in the world with anyone, where would you be and with who?
Bikini Atoll, to scuba dive with my dad because he has always wanted to go there.
Who on the coaching staff would you most like to play one-on-one and why?
Coach Best because she is AMAZING on defense and it would be a challenge.
If you could change one thing about our world, what would it be?
What's your favorite book?
Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
What has been the most surprising thing about your college experience so far?
I have develoved a second home and family
2004-2005 (Career) Highs
Points: 12 vs. Canisius (1/22/05)
FG: 2 (twice)
FGA: 5 @ Manhattan (1/30/05)
3FG: 1 (six times)
3FGA: 3 @ Dartmouth (1/2/05)
Rebounds: 2 (four times)
Assists: 3 (twice)
Steals: 1 (three times)
Minutes: 19 vs. Niagara (2/5/05)
RACHEL MICHALEK'S CAREER STATS