This issue’s Student-Athlete Spotlight is Paityn Tiefs, a junior on the University of Wisconsin-Stout Women’s Basketball team. Tiefs is a leader on her team from Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

What foods or drinks help you gear up and stay energized for games?   

I love having pasta and Gatorade before games! Lots of water also.

If you could jump into a pool of anything, what would it be and why? 

This one is hard but I think it would be interesting to jump into Jell-o because it is see-through and yet still not liquid, so I think it’d be an interesting experience.

What is your most memorable sporting experience? 

My most memorable sporting experience was my freshman year of college when we went and played in Florida. We went 2-0 and then got time to go explore and go to the beach.  It was so much fun getting to experience it all with my friends, and it made it even better that we won both games. 

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I do not really have any pre-game rituals. I like to just hang out with the team before, and it keeps me from getting stressed before the game. 

What keeps you motivated?

The little girl who randomly decided to start playing basketball one day who would be proud of where I am today. 

If you could have any one superpower, which would you choose?  

If I could have any one superpower it would be invisibility!  I think it would be so fun to be able to go anywhere and everywhere without people knowing. 

At which store would you like to max-out your credit card? 

If I could max out my credit card at any store, it would probably be TjMaxx or Target.

Who do you look up to most and why? 

I probably look up to all three of my coaches the most.  They all played college basketball and then moved on to coaching. But more importantly, they all have built such amazing relationships with us all and that means so much to me.  It shows that although the sport is important, the people are what makes it super special.