Work hard, play hard

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When it comes to the fundamental aspects of doing what we love, we’ll do whatever it takes to come out on top, standing as a champion. That dream and aspiration didn’t stop senior forward Sammie Jensen as she stood out the Utah Valley’s women’s basketball teams’ champion.

With countless baskets shot, a plethora of games won and a number of Player awards named, Jensen has had a great career as she recently finished her last year playing college ball.

After playing at Snow College her freshman year, Jensen received a full-ride scholarship to UVU where she continued.

“The best decision I ever made was to go to smaller schools,” Jensen said. “I got to play every single game and got school done with my education paid for. I got to play the game I love and be successful at it.”

Jensen was recently named the Great West Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive season while claiming the GWC regular season championship trophy. She not only took back-to-back POY awards, but grabbed a hold of nine GWC Player of the Week awards this year.

Raking up a total of 19 double-doubles in 26 games this season stood out as a big accomplishment for Jensen.

Overall, it was another successful season for Jensen, but better yet, a monumental career as she walks away from the UCCU center court leaving her jersey behind but the number 11 in her heart.

“I thought we did really well as far as playing together as a team,” Jensen said. ”It kind of took a while to get used to everything but it was a pretty good season for us.”

Jensen continues to finish out the year focusing on her education as she plans to attend Med School after she graduates with an undergraduate degree in Biology and Pre-Med.

Jensen leaves us with these words of wisdom, “If you work hard, you’ll be successful at whatever you want to do.”