One of the inherent quirks of Moriah Jefferson’s high school career as a home-schooled student-athlete from Glen Heights,Texas was she never played a legitimate home game.
Jefferson’s Texas Home Eduucators Sports Associaton played in the National Christian Homeschool Basketball Association. But it had nothing they could legitimately call a home gymnasium.
“We’d take two hours to travel some place, play, come home and get up for school the next morning,” Jefferson said.
So it traveled to all of its games. That didn’t seem to bother the Raiders on the way to five straight national championships during Jefferson’s career.
“I’ve been on the road for my entire life,” Jefferson said. “The first time I could ever say that I played a real home game was the other night when we played [at Gampel Pavilion] in the first game [of the regular season against College of Charleston.
“It was a lot different to hear everyone at the game actually cheering for you. But that actually helped my development because I grew used to not having many fans rooting for you during games.”
So with the exception of being back in Texas this weekend, Jefferson’s first college game in her home state on Sunday really will have the same feel all the others have had in her life.
Jefferson’s friends tried to convince her to play collegiately close to home, and she said she really didn’t think much about playing for UConn until the final two months of recruiting.
Jefferson’s home is about two hours from College Station and many of her friends and family were planning to be at the game.