|Hometown/School:||Norwich, Conn/Norwich Free|
Leah Rubega enjoyed a stellar rookie campaign for the Polar Bears in 2006-07, leading all rookies on the team with 7.1 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, seeing action in all 31 games. She notched a career-high 17 points in a December win over Colby and scored 12 points with nine rebounds in the NESCAC Championship Game victory against Tufts. Rubega comes to Bowdoin from Norwich, Connecticut, where she was a standout student-athlete at Norwich Free Academy. She was a four-year letter-winner for the Wildcats basketball team, leading her squad to four-straight Eastern Connecticut Conference titles. An All-State honoree in 2005-06, she was also named Academic All-State and the E.C.C. Tournament MVP following a 1,000-point scoring career. Rubega also played softball and soccer at N.F.A. and is interested in studying Government and Legal Studies at Bowdoin.
Getting to know Leah....
Funniest memory of a Bowdoin basketball practice... We were scrimmaging and Eileen got knocked hard in the eye and picked up her dribble. As she was standing there trying to see again, Katie yelled at her in her competitive way to "Dribble!"
Best dancer on the team... Moe Berne
Song I am currently playing on repeat... Mountains by Lonestar
Proudest moment at Bowdoin? Performing on Pickard stage. Never in a million years would I have guessed I would be able to get up in front of people and act.
Favorite "mom-cooked" meal? Pesto, chicken, tomatoes, and pasta dish
If I had to choose a career that didn't require a college education it would be... Stay at home mom
Article of clothing I consider my go-to? Sweatpants of any kind
One thing I want to do before I graduate? Get all A's in a semester
Favorite song to rock-out to? Don't Stop Believing by Journey
Best non-athletic talent? Juggling
Best sporting event I ever attended? Seeing Michael Jordan play. I even gave him a high-five as he was going into the locker room after the game.
Sports-related role model? Lance Armstrong. The determination, dedication, and perseverance he has is so amazing and inspiring.
Teammate most likely to make me laugh? Alexa and Katie when they do their Steve Irwin impressions back and forth
Favorite place in Brunswick to hang out? My bed
Best advice I've ever been given? Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching. Both of my parents like that one.
I wear #44 because? My lucky number is 8 and since there is no 8 in basketball, 44 was close
One thing I have learned from being part of this team? You gain so much respect for your teammates when they are always pushing you to do better and offer constructive criticism. It shows how they care and want to help you get better.
Favorite class I've taken at Bowdoin? Politics of Ireland
What I like most about my team? We are so supportive of each other on and off the court and have so much fun together