Dec. 11, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – In the first edition of UAB women’s basketball alumni spotlight, Blazer fans catch up with former hoopster TaRonda Randall who is making the most of the short time she has been away from UAB.
Randall, who played for the Green and Gold from 2009-12, is currently in her first semester of law school at the University of Alabama as she prepares for her initial round of final exams.
While she still has a long way to go before completing her law degree, the Greenville, Ala., native hopes to focus on a specific area before going into practice.
“Honestly, my career plans are not definite as I am not certain which area of law I will be practicing,” Randall said. “I hope to be practicing after my anticipated graduation date in May of 2015.”
A fierce competitor on the court, Randall finished her Blazer career fifth on the school’s all-time list for blocked shots with 73 in four seasons. She helped her team to the Women’s Basketball Invitational Championship in 2011, before claiming the Conference USA Spirit of Service Award in her senior season.
“Competing at the Division I level and playing for a coach as passionate and as competitive as Coach (Audra) Smith helped refine my drive and determination, which has helped me off the court,” the former 6-foot-2 forward added.
Even though her skills on the basketball court cannot go unnoticed, Randall has always made her life away from the sport top priority. As a high school senior, she was named Valedictorian of her class and was a member of the National Honor Society as well as being named Homecoming Queen – all accomplishments that she attributes to what she learned as a student-athlete.
“Being a student-athlete helped instill within me self-discipline,” Randall said. “When you are an athlete, you have to budget your time so that you can be effective in both areas.”
One lasting memory Randall will have of UAB is something she remembers from head coach Audra Smith
, and is still used to motivate her when she is cramming for a final or set to give a long presentation to her class.
“I can recall coach Smith saying numerous times that effort covers mistakes as she pushed us to go harder than we believed we could go,” Randall said. “Honestly, that is the mentality that I try to embody when I approach other endeavors. I tell myself that my effort will cover my inadequacies.”
Randall plans to graduate with her degree in May of 2015.