Nov. 19, 2011
By Kelsie Franklin
When athletes are given scholarships to play the game they love, they don't usually expect to spend their first season having to sit and watch because of an injury. Unfortunately, it does happen, and it did to sophomore Camille Glymph last season as a freshman on the Auburn women's basketball team.
"I can definitely say that was one of the hardest things I have ever had to deal with," said Glymph "I love basketball with all my heart. We are here for our sport and I wasn't able to perform, but what it did do was remind me how blessed we all are you wake up and play the game we love."
Glymph decided to devote all her time to basketball early in sixth grade when she had to choose between the game she loves so much now and soccer.
"I had played soccer a little bit from third grade until I made my decision to stick to basketball", said Glymph. "Ever since I can remember, I've loved basketball. When I actually got a hold of a basketball, I couldn't tell you, but I love the game."
She made the decision to come to Auburn early in her senior year, and although the beginning of her first season didn't go as planned, she made it onto the court against Ole Miss towards the end of the year.
"My heart probably fell through my stomach," said Glymph. "Coach Fortner called me to go in and I got that butterfly feeling. I ran down and I remember the first shot I took. It was a make. I was coming off the screen right in the middle of the paint and nailed it. That was the best feeling."
Although she only played in 13 games last season, she was able to finish averaging 2.2 points per game . She Scored a season-high eight points at Toledo in the second round of the WNIT and recorded season-highs of three assists against Mississippi State and four rebounds against Alabama.
Glymph admits that shooting is something she has really had to work on over the years, but one thing that comes naturally to her is ball handling. She even got the chance to work with an expert basketball trainer, Ganon Baker.
"Ever since I could dribble ball handling came naturally", said Camille. "I know Gannon through my cousin and we met, hit it off, and I got the opportunity to work with him one-on-one. I just play around with the ball all the time and it's a lot of fun to me."
A new season has started in the Auburn Arena and like the rest of her teammates, Camille Glymph hopes to see her team in the SEC Championship and make it well into the NCAA tournament. As a player that loves basketball and often even has to be told to leave the gym, she's looking forward to showing more of her skills on the court.
"An SEC Championship is expected. I have a bigger role on offense this year, and I'm just looking forward to showing everyone what we can do this season."
She is already doing her part to help Auburn to that goal in her sophomore year, coming off the bench to lead Auburn in scoring in two of the first three games of the season. She scored a career-high 18 points in Auburn's win over Belmont and 12 points in the Tigers' loss at No. 8 Duke.
She is currently second on the team in scoring with 11.3 points per game and is 9-of-20 from beyond the arc.