Scoring 1,000 factors as soon as is an astonishing accolade however to do it twice throughout one’s basketball profession is monumental, and senior guard Stella Clark ended her Northeastern profession with an additional cherry on high. Having achieved this milestone as soon as in highschool, she additionally turned the twenty third member of the Northeastern College girls’s basketball 1,000-point membership.
The exact second of her collegiate 1,000th level couldn’t have been written higher for Clark. With lower than a second left within the contest against Towson University, Clark was despatched to the charity stripe simply two factors shy of 1,000.
“I by no means thought I’d get it at my senior evening, particularly with 0.4 seconds left on the clock and the likelihood that the refs won’t have given the ball to me,” Clark mentioned. “I might have a lot relatively completed this accomplishment in Cabot [Physical Education Center] relatively than on the street as a result of Cabot has been house for the final 4 years.”
Scoring her 1,000th level in highschool was a a lot completely different scenario. She was dealing with Wall Excessive College, a group consisting of gamers she went to center college with. She knew that she was going to realize the feat throughout the sport and did simply that on a three-pointer, which additionally occurred to be the a centesimal three-pointer she had made in her highschool profession.
“I believe it’s a much bigger achievement and extra significant to me in faculty as a result of it’s a a lot tougher feat as a result of there are fewer video games and a extra aggressive type of play particularly with how this 12 months went with COVID and cancellations,” Clark mentioned. “I believe it was simply meant to be, particularly since that sport was my a centesimal look sporting the Northeastern jersey.”
Since her time taking part in AAU basketball, Clark has held the quantity 11 jersey. Dichotomy, resilient and aggressive are a few of the attributes Clark used to explain herself.
“I appreciated the 2 one’s [on my jersey], two ones add as much as two and I’m the second born in my household, I’m a Gemini so there are two sides to me, therefore dichotomy being a phrase I’d use to explain myself,” she mentioned.
By way of being resilient, Clark was the primary CAA participant to carry a profession with three consecutive Rookie of the Week awards and was named to the All-Rookie Crew.
“I didn’t even know there have been awards, I used to be simply taking part in my greatest sport and it simply occurred. You get out what you place in,” Clark mentioned.
Clark knew she wished to play faculty basketball regardless of how massive of a dedication it was. She acquired a letter from Northeastern that invited her to a camp in the summertime of her junior 12 months of highschool. For her, Northeastern was a very nice general selection with reference to each lecturers and site.
“I assume I simply actually impressed the coaches and dedicated the summer season of my junior 12 months of highschool, and the second out of my class,” she mentioned.
Clark has been aggressive. She hails from Sea Girt, New Jersey, which has at all times had a stockpile of nice basketball competitors.
“I grew up watching all these nice individuals in years above me and watching them rising up and seeing girls’s basketball flourish there’s what received the ball in my hand,” Clark mentioned.
One other huge inspiration for her rising up was her cousins, Addie and Religion Masonius. Clark would watch them play basketball and even requested their coach at an AAU event to let her play when she wasn’t even on the group. Not solely had been they the rationale for her inception into basketball, however she additionally adopted Addie to hitch the surf group at Manasquan Excessive College the place they went on to win the state championship.
Household has at all times been essential to Clark. Whereas Sea Girt was an enormous a part of her life, she lived forwards and backwards between there and Spring Lake, New Jersey. Household has even performed a job in her educational profession choices right here at Northeastern. Clark is an info and graphic design main, a selection she made after she took a graphic design course her senior 12 months of highschool and one which adopted the same path to that of her household.
“I wished to choose a significant that I might actually see myself doing one thing with, and it’s a very rising and up-and-coming factor,” Clark mentioned. “Loads of my household is inventive and entrepreneurs and created their very own companies so I’ve undoubtedly been influenced by having a artistic thoughts and the dedication of doing issues alone.”
Being a graphic design main, it naturally is sensible that she loves artwork and expressing herself via artwork. Clark’s favourite tattoo is one she shares together with her mom: a sunflower.
Regardless of forsaking the Huskies upon commencement, Clark isn’t prepared to offer the rock up but, as she has dedicated to play her graduate 12 months in her house state whereas finishing her grasp’s diploma in design at Monmouth College.