Abigail Corning just recently finished up a brilliant four year career at Fordham University as a member of the Women’s Basketball team. She served as a team captain her final two seasons, where the program saw two of their best overall records in more than 30 years. As a junior, she was one of the main contributors to a team that finished 26-9 overall and second in the Atlantic 10, with two wins in the National Invitational Tournament. In her senior campaign, Corning helped lead a Rams team to an A-10 Championship, along with a bid to the NCAA Tournament.
A winner of numerous academic and athletic awards during her time at Fordham, Corning was recently named the Most Outstanding Player of the A-10 Championship. Off the court, she is the president of the Fordham Student Athlete Advisory and worked as an intern at ESPN Radio this past summer. I had a chance to speak with Abigail via email about this season, her career with the Rams and what it means to go out on top of the Atlantic 10.
This is probably a question you’ve been asked to answer a lot lately, but with where this program was during your freshman year to where they are now, how special has the transition been from the beginning of your career to the end?
The transition has been so exciting for the program and for all of those who were a part of it. It was not the most promising freshman season for me, but once Coach (Gaitley) came in, I knew that good things were going to happen. We’ve made so much history and to be part of such a turnaround was a really fun thing.
You guys made a big splash last year with a run to the Atlantic 10 Championship, and a deep run into the NIT Tournament, what was that like for you and how do you think the experience prepared you for this year?
Last year was great. Making the postseason is always an accomplishment and to win two games in the WNIT was exciting. That experience definitely helped prepare us for tough late-season games this season, and it was awesome to go one step further by winning the A10 title and going to the NCAA tournament.
You guys were winning a lot of games these last two years, but it was difficult to really gain attention for the success you were having. Was it cool this year to cause a lot of excitement around campus and to have the Fordham community taking pride in what your team was able to do?
We slowly got more support, but once we won the championship, it was fun to have such hype around campus. We had people we didn’t even know congratulating us, which was fun. I hope the support will carry over for us next season.
Growing up, you obviously had dreams to play basketball in college and to play in an NCAA Tournament, at what point were you able to really soak in the experience of your trip to Texas and your first career NCAA Tournament game?
When we got to Waco, it hit me that we were on the big stage and my dream was coming true. I tried to take in every little detail of the experience because some people never get to that point as a player.
What does it mean to bring an A-10 Championship to Fordham and to finish your career as the top team in a conference as strong as the Atlantic 10?
It was awesome and such an exciting thing to bring home the title. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to complete my career at Fordham.
This was a special moment for everybody, but is there an extra element added to the fact that you were along for the entire ride? Having been here during the tough times and watching the program grow more and more each year.
Being here since day one and finally winning an A10 championship is definitely more exciting for me. I lived through the tough times and all those losses until we could finally put the pieces together to win a title. To lead that charge was a lot of fun for me.
Finally, just your overall thoughts on the 2013-2014 season, what it means to the school, and to Fordham athletics.
It was another historical season for us and I was glad we put Fordham on the national map by winning the A10 and going to the NCAA Tournament. Nobody can take this piece of history away from us, and it just brought a lot of excitement to Fordham, the alumni, and the entire athletic department.