Allie Green is the only senior on the Pepperdine women's basketball team. As her final games at Pepperdine are approaching - including Saturday's home finale against rival LMU - she reflects on the past four years and gives advice to her teammates:
Q: What are your thoughts on the season so far?
A: I definitely think that we have surprised people with some games that we have won. We still are very young, so that shows sometimes. However, I think that we are growing, developing and figuring out what we need to do in the last few games.
Q: What are your plans for after graduation?
A: I want to play basketball for as long as I can, so that's the first option. I really want to stay in L.A. and figure my life out from there, but basketball is the first option.
Q: Since Kim Jacobs will be the only senior on the team next year, do you have any advice for her?
A: I would tell her don't panic because there is a lot of stress that comes with being the only senior. It is just like being a point guard on the team. You get a lot of things blamed on you because everything runs through you, but you have to take it with a chip on your shoulder and realize the things you need to do in order for your team to be successful.
Q: What is your favorite memory from this season?
A: Beating Gonzaga. That was big. That was big personally because we had never beaten them before. We were always looked at as the underdogs and they are considered the top of our conference, so it was huge.
Q: How are you feeling about Senior Day this weekend?
A: I am excited. I am probably not going to get emotional, but emotions will be running through my mind and body. I don't want to focus on the fact that it is my last night playing here. I just want to make sure I do all I can for my team to get the win.
Q: What do you think you will miss the most about Pepperdine?
A: My teammates. All the teammates that I have had these past few years. I am with them 24/7 and we have so many memories. That will be the hardest for me.
Q: What was your favorite season over the past four years and why?
A: I would say this one is probably my favorite season. Even though our record doesn't show it, in our practices and when we are all together, it is just so different. There is chemistry on and off the court. I just really have loved it this year.
Q: What have the past years meant to you?
A: A lot. The past four years here have really helped me grow as a person. I have been through a lot and I learned who truly is there for me and who isn't. Everyone here is so helpful with the smallest things and I am really going to miss that.
Q: What advice would you give to your teammates for next year?
A: I would tell them to keep pushing. Even when we get down, keep our heads up. Never giving up is the biggest thing for me because the past four years have been really tough record-wise and we have come so close to winning games. We just need to find that little extra push. I would encourage them to keep trying to change the culture and keep a positive mindset.