Hendricks County Flyer, Avon, IN

June 18, 2013

Injured Mavunga enjoys all-star experience

By Justin Whitaker

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana All-Stars were without Hendricks County’s first-ever Miss Basketball Stephanie Mavunga on Saturday.

The superstar Brownsburg forward suffered a sprained left knee in the Indiana/Kentucky All-Stars game opener last Friday at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kent. She sat out Indiana’s home game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse wearing a bulky black protective knee sleeve. Mavunga watched from the bench where she had her leg straight and outstretched most of the game.

Indiana got revenge for its 84-78 loss on Friday and won handily 100-86 at BLF. When she knew that she would not be able to play at home, she teared up.

“I’m really upset that I didn’t get to play but I’m happy my team came out here and pulled out the win,” Mavunga said.

The North Carolina recruit did not seem to fear the injury was too serious.

“I’m just taking it slowly and seeing how quickly I can recover,” Mavunga said.

She played only three minutes and scored two points before her injury on Friday.

Mavunga said the injury occurred on a loose ball when she went to pick up the ball and a girl came barreling into her knee. She said her leg went one way and her knee went the other.

Even with the injury, the week was not a complete letdown.

Mavunga played at full strength in both games against the Indiana Junior All-Stars. She had 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the 84-65 first win. In the second game, Mavunga poured in 16 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in the 95-69 victory.

Being with her teammates and the boys’ all-stars all week was a “phenomenal” experience Mavunga said.

The entire week was special for Miss Basketball. She especially enjoyed the team dinner at Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse where Mavunga had the best steak she’s ever eaten.

“They don’t have to do half of the things they do for us,” Mavunga said. “The give us nice gear, they give us nice shoes and they give us time to be around one another and enjoy ourselves.”

To wear the No. 1 jersey representing Indiana was a special feeling for the 6-foot-4 forward.

“I don’t even know if you can describe that,” Mavunga said beaming. “It’s more than amazing, it’s indescribable.

“There are a lot of people in the state of Indiana so to wear that No. 1 jersey and represent all of these people, especially knowing that there are  so many other great players who could have worn that jersey. To know that I got it, I’m just blessed.”

Mavunga headed to Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday morning and is looking forward to the next chapter of her life.

“I’m excited to get down there and start new things,” Mavunga said. “Great to see what Indiana has given to me and I’m excited. Every good thing has to come to an end and I’m ready to start my new path.”

Injured Mavunga enjoys all-star experience

By Justin Whitaker

justin.whitaker@flyergroup.com

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana All-Stars were without Hendricks County’s first-ever Miss Basketball Stephanie Mavunga on Saturday.

The superstar Brownsburg forward suffered a sprained left knee in the Indiana/Kentucky All-Stars game opener last Friday at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kent. She sat out Indiana’s home game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse wearing a bulky black protective knee sleeve. Mavunga watched from the bench where she had her leg straight and outstretched most of the game.

Indiana got revenge for its 84-78 loss on Friday and won handily 100-86 at BLF. When she knew that she would not be able to play at home, she teared up.

“I’m really upset that I didn’t get to play but I’m happy my team came out here and pulled out the win,” Mavunga said.

The North Carolina recruit did not seem to fear the injury was too serious.

“I’m just taking it slowly and seeing how quickly I can recover,” Mavunga said.

She played only three minutes and scored two points before her injury on Friday.

Mavunga said the injury occurred on a loose ball when she went to pick up the ball and a girl came barreling into her knee. She said her leg went one way and her knee went the other.

Even with the injury, the week was not a complete letdown.

Mavunga played at full strength in both games against the Indiana Junior All-Stars. She had 13 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in the 84-65 first win. In the second game, Mavunga poured in 16 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in the 95-69 victory.

Being with her teammates and the boys’ all-stars all week was a “phenomenal” experience Mavunga said.

The entire week was special for Miss Basketball. She especially enjoyed the team dinner at Ruth Chris’ Steakhouse where Mavunga had the best steak she’s ever eaten.

“They don’t have to do half of the things they do for us,” Mavunga said. “The give us nice gear, they give us nice shoes and they give us time to be around one another and enjoy ourselves.”

To wear the No. 1 jersey representing Indiana was a special feeling for the 6-foot-4 forward.

“I don’t even know if you can describe that,” Mavunga said beaming. “It’s more than amazing, it’s indescribable.

“There are a lot of people in the state of Indiana so to wear that No. 1 jersey and represent all of these people, especially knowing that there are  so many other great players who could have worn that jersey. To know that I got it, I’m just blessed.”

Mavunga headed to Chapel Hill, N.C., Sunday morning and is looking forward to the next chapter of her life.

“I’m excited to get down there and start new things,” Mavunga said. “Great to see what Indiana has given to me and I’m excited. Every good thing has to come to an end and I’m ready to start my new path.”