NORMAN - Looking for a new beginning, Morgan Rich found a new home far from the one she grew up in.
After enrolling at the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2015 for her freshman season, Rich decided to explore the transfer process and look for a new place to spend her collegiate career. It took one official visit and she was set on Oklahoma.
A native of Scottsville, Ky., Rich had lived in the Bluegrass State her entire life. She left Allen-County Scottsville High School as its all-time leader scorer, helping her squad to the KHSAA state championship game as a junior. But it was the family atmosphere and the chance to play under a Hall of Fame head coach that sold her on the Sooners immediately.
"Family is a big part to me," Rich said. "Having Coach Coale as a coach, being involved in the community and working with others, the things we do off the court made a big impact for me. Coming in at midseason, I learned a lot from our coaches and it helped my game grow."
After transferring to OU in late December, Rich was required to sit out the remainder of her freshman season due to the NCAA transfer policy. For the rest of the year, she practiced on the Sooners' practice squad, working on parts of her game during practice while helping her teammates prepare for their next opponent. Even though Rich will not be eligible to play until late December this year, the time at practice as allowed her to grow as player on the court.
"It was important for me, because I got to focus on the little things. On the sidelines, our coaches would tell me little things to work on since I didn't know the terminology in the beginning," Rich said. "It allowed me to slowly progress into practice. Then the entire spring I got a chance to play on the scout team and it helped me focus on my game everyday."
As her time comes closer, she wants to make an immediate impact for the Sooners when she debuts. A left-handed shooter, Rich averaged over 20.0 points per game during her final two seasons in high school. But for now, she'll continue to help her team on the practice floor.
"I want to win," Rich said. "I want my team to win so if there are things I can do in practice to make them better or help us win, I want do whatever I can."
GET TO KNOW MORGAN RICH
Major: Elementary Education
Three Words That Describe Me: Forgiving, Faithful and Caring
Hobbies and Interests: Going to concerts and amusement parks<
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Pizza Toppings: Cheese and banana peppers
Favorite Movie: Like Mike
Favorite Song: March Madness by Future
Favorite Artist or Band: Justin Bieber
Favorite TV Show: Family Matters
Go-to Karaoke Song: I Believe I Can Fly by R. Kelly
Celebrity Crush: Justin Bieber
Biggest Fear: Needles and bee stings
Pre-game Superstition/Ritual: When putting on my gear, I always put my right sock/shoe on before my left.
Favorite Professional Athlete: Diana Taurasi
Favorite Sports to Watch Other than Basketball: Volleyball
Best Advice I've Ever Received: “My faith can move mountains.”
If I Could Meet Anyone, It Would Be: Justin Bieber