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    Kira Mowen
    31 Kira Mowen
    Waynesboro, Pa.

    High School:





    • Saw action in four games, compiling seven minutes.
    • Grabbed one rebound against Wayne State.
    • Ranks second on Waynesboro HS all-time scoring list with 1,259 points.


    2003-04 Highlights: Played a career-high five minutes against Wayne State on 11/21/03 • Snagged one rebound against Wayne State.


    Scored 1,259 points (second all-time in school history) and grabbed 538 rebounds and totaled 300 assists during her high school career • Four-time team MVP • Team won the Hanover tournament as a freshman and placed second at the tourney as a senior. • Named to Hanover Tourney All-Tournament three times and was named the tourney MVP as a senior • NBC 25 Pennsylvania Player of the Year • Hagerstown Record-Herald All-Area first team and Pizza Hut Player of the Season • Harrisburg Patriot Big 15 Honorable Mention in 2001• Coached by John Lewkowicz and Steve Smith at Waynesboro. • Played for Philly Belles (1997), Susquehann Valley Cagers (1998-00), Blue Ridge Force (2001, Second Place in the Maryland Region), and Pittsburgh Rockers (2002). • Club coaches were Debbie Filapeck (Belles), Mike Teasley (Force), Pat McHugh (Cagers), and Joe Costa (Rockers).


    Born Sept. 15, 1984 • Daughter of Douglas (motivational speaker) and Diana Mowen (nurse) • Cousin Craig Hight wrestles for the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown. • Enjoys relaxing in the sun and shopping. • Member of Student Council, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Executive Council, and the Big Brother and Big Sister programs. • Student Athletic Trainer • Named to Who's Who Among High School Academics • Plans to major in kinesiology and hopes to coach someday at the college level.

    Getting to know Kira...
    KiraMo, KMo
    Favorite athlete: Wally Szczerbiak
    Favorite team: L.A. Lakers
    Favorite movie: Billy Madison
    Favorite sports movie: Pistol Pete Maravich "Birth of a Legend"
    Favorite TV show: 7th Heaven
    Favorite singer: Kenny Chesney
    Favorite book: Leading With the Heart
    Favorite Illini athlete: Jessica Bayne, my roommate (Soccer)
    Any pregame superstitions: Showering before the game
    When you started playing ball: Second grade
    Favorite place on campus: The Arboretum
    What you have learned from Coach Grentz: That you have to have patience with any team you are with.
    I have been told I look like: The girl from Jurassic Park
    Funniest person on the team: Audrey Tabon
    Three words that best describe my play: Hard working, scrappy
    Why I chose Illinois: I choose Illinois because of it's great location, and also because the Big Ten is such a great conference to play in. The coaching staff and teamamtes were also a big factor in my decision.


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