‘Tremendous work ethic’

Stanyer looks to mentor new teammates at start of third season on women’s basketball team

This series highlights students who will participate in athletics at Walla Walla University during the 2018-19 academic year.

Walla Walla University junior Morgan Stanyer is a health science major pursuing a career in physical therapy. She is entering her third season as a member of the women’s basketball team with goals to improve as a player and to assist incoming players who will be adjusting to the level of play in the Cascade Collegiate Conference. WWU women’s basketball coach Paul Starkebaum said, “Stanyer is a very valuable member of our team and has a tremendous work ethic. Her teammates have a lot of trust in her and we can always count on her to give a great effort in any situation.” 

Stanyer graduated in 2016 from Upper Columbia Academy and chose to play college basketball because, simply, she just enjoys the game. “I like basketball,” she said, “so I play it.” Stanyer appreciates how playing college sports reminds her of the importance of prioritizing her education and her team over, what she called, “leisure activities.” She believes that having a strong team in her corner is invaluable when it comes to facing the various kinds of challenges that life throws your way. 

Aside from basketball, Stanyer enjoys playing other sports, reading, and drinking coffee. A few fun facts about her: 
All-time favorite athlete—WNBA player Courtney Vandersloot.
Favorite board game—“Trivial Pursuit."
Favorite places to eat in Walla Walla—Tiki Teriyaki and Maple Counter.

About WWU athletics
The athletics program at WWU provides the opportunity for student athletes to develop and exercise their athletic gifts, learn leadership skills, build lasting relationships, and grow spiritually. Maintaining a mission-centered program, the WWU athletics program promotes a healthy, balanced life—body, mind, and soul—for their athletes through sport. Athletic opportunities include men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. Learn more at uwolves.com.

Posted August 21, 2018

portrait of Morgan Stanyer
Third year women's basketball player Morgan Stanyer is a health science major pursuing a career in physical therapy.