In fifth grade I became the first girl to join my elementary school’s all-boys basketball team. The boys didn’t like it, they didn’t pass me the ball, they guarded me tougher than usual, even pushing me to the ground and sending me to the Emergency Room once. But I loved the challenge, so I kept coming back. I’m still coming back. Hoops led me to writing. Writing leads me back to hoops.
Now I’m a sports writer living in Los Angeles, writing on all sports, contributing features to Bleacher Report (BR Mag) and ESPN.com (espnW). My Bleacher Report story on Mo’Ne Davis won first place in the U.S. Basketball Writers Association 2017 Best Writing Contest for magazine-length features. My espnW story on pro skateboarder Brighton Zeuner made the “Notable Sports Writing of 2016” in the 2017 Best American Sports Writing book.
I was a staff sports writer for the Orange County Register from 2013-17, writing features on all sports, including a story on the Imperials, a pioneering Japanese-American basketball team from Southern California. That story won second place for “Best Sports Story” at the 2017 Orange County Press Club’s annual writing awards. I’ve also written for The Athletic (The Fieldhouse), Sports Illustrated (SI.com), SLAM Magazine, Los Angeles Daily News, SB Nation NBA and Teen Vogue. I’m a proud graduate of Occidental College. Before Oxy, I played basketball my freshman year at Lewis & Clark College.
I write human-interest stories that go beyond the box score, like profiling who exactly Lonzo Ball, the ‘savior’ of the Lakers, really is (Bleacher Report); how 31-year-old Sean McVay transformed the failing Rams into the NFL’s hottest team (Bleacher Report); the harrowing journey of two Philly lacrosse players battling poverty and racism (ESPN.com); the California crisis with athletic trainers (LA Daily News); a day in the life of the first woman to sign an NCAA football scholarship (ESPN.com); a future MLB draft pick that took a winding path to the 2017 College World Series (Orange County Register); the obsessive work ethic and perfectionism of JJ Redick (SB Nation); a brave Oregon State volleyball player speaking out about mental illness (ESPN.com); the little league phenom turned basketball player Mo’Ne Davis (Bleacher Report); a behind the scenes look of the greatest high school basketball rivalry in the country (Sports Illustrated); a story on how three generations of Japanese American ballers used hoops to survive: (Game Point Magazine); and a story on the Ogwumike’s: America’s real first family of hoops (Bleacher Report).