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Brittany Leeson’s approach to basketball success combines passion and hard work. It has been a successful formula for the Ohio University-Chillicothe star, who recently scored the 1,000th point of her college career.
“I have a passion for basketball. Ever since I was a kid, I have gone to the basketball court to relax,” Leeson said. “I love so many aspects about the game, such as dishing off the ball on a fast break and seeing how one good pass can turn into two points. One thing about basketball is that it’s a team game. I love my teammates, and we always support each other. I take it personally when we lose, and they help me out when I am upset.”
Leeson’s effort and selflessness are keys to her success.
“Her work ethic is her number one attribute,” OU-C women’s basketball Coach John Milliken said. “Brittany was a good player when she got here, and, through hard work, she has become a great player. She is always willing to make the necessary sacrifices to improve herself.”
For the season, Leeson is averaging around 20 points a game. An all-around scholar-athlete, she is a two-time second-team All-Ohio Regional Campus Conference choice in basketball and an academic All-ORCC player in softball.
Leeson is Leeson is pursuing an associate degree in Deaf Studies Interpreting and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. “I want to work with children, maybe in a hospital or other health-care setting after graduation,” she said.
Her success is a product of her effort. During a typical weekday, Leeson is at the Shoemaker Center at 7:30 a.m. for a workout in the weight room, followed by time on the treadmill, line drills, a shoot -round and free throws. She does 10 repetitions of calisthenics for every free throw she misses.
Her time on the hardwoods has been a big part of Leeson’s college experience.
“Basketball is important to me. It is something I have been involved with since I was a kid, and I wanted to continue to play competitively in college,” Leeson said. “It is faster-paced and at a higher competition level than in high school.”
As the numbers and the accolades indicate, Leeson is making her mark on the OU-C athletics program.
“She plays to win and to have fun. You do not find a player like Brittany very often,” Milliken said. “Her kind is very rare.”
OU-C has a robust athletics program and fields women’s teams in volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis, and men’s teams in basketball, golf, baseball and tennis. The Chillicothe Campus competes in the Ohio Regional Campus Conference.