NORMAN – Since arriving on campus in June, Mandy Simpson has fit in perfectly with the OU women's basketball program.
OU head coach Sherri Coale puts it simple terms.
“Discovering Mandy Simpson was like finding the perfect black dress,” Coale explained. “I just watched her play and I knew she would always make us better. Her play would cover our flaws and her ‘way’ would continually put us in the best place for potential success. This kid plays basketball with her whole heart."
From early in the summer, Simpson's relentless nature on the boards and her understanding of the game has been on display in OU's practice sessions.
"You notice Mandy's hustle every day," Ortiz said of Simpson. "She is always driving to the boards to get rebounds and she just shows grit."
Get to know Mandy Simpson.
GET TO KNOW MANDY SIMPSON
Three Words That Describe Me: Fun, Loving and Trustworthy
Hobbies and Interests: Dogs, friends and running
Favorite Food: Steak and potatoes
Favorite Pizza Toppings: Italian sausage
Favorite Movie: The Notebook
Favorite Song: You by Chris Young
Favorite Artist or Band: Chris Young
Favorite TV Show: Criminal Minds
Go-to Karaoke Song: Lip Gloss is Poppin' by Lil' Mama
Celebrity Crush: Sam Hunt
Beach of Mountains: Mountains
Biggest Fear: Heights
Pre-game Superstition/Ritual: Pray before warmups
Favorite Professional Athlete: LeBron James
Favorite Sports to Watch Other than Basketball: Volleyball
Best Advice I've Ever Received: “Give it your all.”