After walking off the Moss field stage with diploma in-hand, senior Rachel Sondag will not only be heading towards Washington University, but she will also carry the title of 1,000 career points in women’s basketball.
Sondag became the 10th Webster student to score 1,000 points on Jan. 6, against Mehlville. Going into the game, she needed four points to reach 1,000. Her first two points were from a jumper on the baseline and she sealed her place in Webster’s history with a left-handed layup. Following the basket, Sondag smiled in celebration. Her friends, past coaches and family came to show their support for her at the game.
Sondag has had her eyes set on 1,000 points since freshman yea. Sondag said she was able to reach her goal through the help of her team and hard work.
“It’s pretty cool to be a part of that history. I’ve seen a lot of people hit 1,000, and have always wanted to be like them,” Sondag said.
Sondag has been a varsity player since freshman year. Head coach Patti Perkins said, “She’s really developed her game junior and senior year. [Sondag] started as an outside shooter, but has upped her game in going to the basket.”
This fall at Wash. U Sondag will be majoring in Bio medical engineering and playing Division III basketball. She will be more focused on the academics side of school.
During her search for a college, Sondag said she “wanted to play basketball and wanted good academics.”
Sondag chose Bio medical engineering as her major because it applies math and anatomy, both subjects she enjoys.
“Anatomy is really practical. Everything applies to yourself,” Sondag said.
Perkins said, “It’s going to be tough to be a student athlete at Wash. U, but I think she can do it. She’s a hard worker.”
Academically, Sondag has a 4.2 weighted GPA and is in National Honor Society.