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FAL-WIN 2017

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RAVENINGS FALL / WINTER 2017 PIERCE 17 southwestern New Hampshire and the intimate campus — more than 6,000 miles from home — was where she would thrive both on and off the court. "Sure it's small, but it really helps having such great relationships with my coaches and professors," says acker, whose hometown of Nairne in South Australia is similar in size to Rindge. "It was something I couldn't pass up. Coming to the States has been such a great opportunity." Not that it's been easy. During the off season, she has four hours daily of practices and video review. en there's contending with a grueling schedule during the basketball season — it's not unusual for her to have 17-hour days going back and forth for away games, and getting up for an 8 a.m. class the following day on five hours of sleep. Despite that, she has maintained a 3.85 GPA. e 2016–2017 season was an uncharacteristically down year, with the team winning just three games as the players adjusted to first-year coach Jeanette Wedo, a new offense and defensive strategies, and a slate of injuries that sidelined many starters for much of the year. at meant the 5-foot-11-inch guard oen was playing more than 35 minutes a game, which led to her posting career highs in points, rebounds, and steals. She's confident the Ravens can return to their accustomed success and compete for the Northeast-10 Conference title next year and even make it back to the NCAA Tournament. acker is uncertain about her future. Following graduation, she may return to Australia to jump back into the professional league or spend a few months traveling. Staying stateside might be a possibility, too. But if you run into her around campus, don't forget to ask her about those ANOVA results. She'll be more than happy to explain. — John Shaw Regardless of where or what time of day it is, Jemma Thacker can talk as fluently about a pick and roll on the basketball court as a chi-square test that produces a statistical analysis of variance or ANOVA. Facing page: Jemma Thacker '18 on the court. This page: the Academic Showcase. Inset: Thacker and Kim Mooney '83, Ph.D.

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