Senior McKenah Peters (Sports Broadcasting / LaGrange, Ohio) give YSUsports.com an update in this Q&A session.
What is your current location?
Who are you living with at the moment?
My parents and younger sister Delaney
When did you start playing basketball and why?
I started playing basketball when I was in third grade. Both of my parents played basketball, and my older sister also played, so I wanted to be just like them!
What was your favorite moment of the 2019-20 season?
My favorite moment of this past season was beating IUPUI at home to start Horizon League play!
Is there a specific moment from the past season you find yourself thinking about often?
I find myself thinking about two away games. Wright State and Cleveland State. Both of those games I got injured which forced me to have to sit out a numerous amount of games. I keep replaying those moments in my head. They motivate me to continue to work hard to get back to 100 percent health so I can play the game I love again!
What are you looking to accomplish next season?
The goal next season is to win a conference championship and make my final senior season one to remember.
What goals are motivating you athletically right now?
My goal is to get my body back to 100 percent. I’ve been working really hard at physical therapy and doing things on my own to get healthy again.
Who or what has been the biggest influence or inspiration during your athletic career?
My biggest influences have been my parents. They have rebounded a countless number of shots, whether it’s been in the driveway or in the gym. They’ve always pushed me to be the best I can be and to work harder than everyone else. I wouldn’t be playing college basketball if it wasn’t for them.
What are you doing to stay in shape physically?
I have been going to physical therapy three times a week and doing things on my own at home such as going on bike rides and getting shots up in my driveway.
What do you enjoy the most about being at YSU?
The thing I enjoy most about YSU is getting to talk to all of the alumni after my games or at the men’s home games. They always have great stories and love to watch us play. I’m very grateful to have another family away from home that is so supportive.
What was your journey to YSU? / How did you end up in Youngstown?
I got recruited the summer going into my junior year of high school. Coach Crane was the first to contact me and he was the one to offer me. I committed right before my junior high school basketball season started.
Why did you choose YSU?
I chose YSU because it was close to home, and I’m a huge family person. My parents have been able to attend almost every single one of my games throughout my career, and I’m so grateful for that. I also chose it because there playing style matched mine, the girls on the team were easy to get along with and I seemed to fit right in.
Do you have a favorite place or venue that you’ve traveled to or competed at during your time at YSU?
My favorite place we’ve traveled to play was Indiana University. It’s such a historical gym and the fans were intense. I’m a super competitive player and loved playing in that type of atmosphere.
What missing most about not being around the team?
I really miss hanging around the entire team and living in my apartment with my teammates.
How has dealing with the current circumstances brought your team together?
It has forced us to talk on the phone more to stay in touch rather than just being with each other all the time.
How often do you FaceTime your teammates? What do you guys talk about?
I talk to my teammates weekly, whether it’s sending them funny TikToks or just checking in on each other. We are all hoping and praying that we can get back together as soon as possible. We all miss being around each other and playing basketball.
Other than schoolwork, what activities have you been doing during this time off?
I have been going on walks with my family and riding bikes around my neighborhood. Soon we will open our pool so I will be spending a lot of time by the pool for sure and hoping to get my tan on!! Lol.
How are you looking at things differently?
I have been realizing how grateful I am to have such a strong beautiful family to rely on during times like these. I’m blessed that I have a roof over my head and a family to be with.
What was the toughest thing about not physically going to class?
The toughest thing was remembering to check blackboard multiple times a day for every one of my classes. I worked through the challenges and still finished with all A’s and B’s this semester!
Do you have more free time than you're used to? If so, what are you doing to fill it?
I have had a lot more free time. I’ve tried to just get outside every day and enjoy the extra time I have.
Have you learned anything about yourself during this?
I have learned a lot during this time. I’ve realized that it’s healthy to spend some time alone with yourself and reflect on life and what goals I want to achieve in the future.
What do you miss most about your normal routine?
I miss having a full schedule and having my coaches and athletic trainer to push me every day. Sometimes it’s hard to get up every day to work out alone, but I’m blessed that I have a physical therapist here at home I work with three days a week. He pushes me to be great, and I have worked out with him for almost 10 years!