Lacey Suggs

October 25, 2019

Lacey Suggs’ freshman year as a member of the UNCW women’s basketball team wasn’t what she expected. She played just a total of seven minutes her first season.

“It was Christmas break when I thought about quitting, but after long thoughts, prayers and talks with my teammates and my parents, I decided to stick with it. I’m so glad I did,” said Suggs. “I did not want to give up, because that’s not who I am.”

With hard work and dedication, things began to change. Suggs, who led the East Bladen High School basketball team in three conference championships, appeared in all 31 games during the 2017-18 season and was named team captain as a sophomore. During her junior year, Suggs was named to the third-team All-Colonial Athletic Association.

“When my teammates voted for me for captain, I knew I had to step up and be a leader because it was something that they saw in me,” said Suggs. “I believe being named captain has helped me on and off the court. Leading by example was what I did best for my team.”

In December 2018, Suggs was awarded for her leadership on and off the field with a full scholarship. Coach Karen Barefoot presented the scholarship during a team gathering at Suggs’ home.

“It was such a blessing and I will forever be thankful for it,” said Suggs, who is pursuing a major in exercise science and a minor in business. “I can’t thank Coach Barefoot enough for believing in me. She saw something in me that some people didn't. For all of my teammates, my parents, and my high school coach to be there and cherish that moment with me was special because those were the ones who knew me best.”

After graduation next spring, Suggs plans to put her determination to work as a medical sales representative in orthopedics. She may also attend graduate school to become a physical therapist, an option that would position her to be a part of future patients’ health care teams.

“I have grown in many different ways as a player and student. Leadership, communication, work ethic and time management have been my main growth areas,” Suggs said. “I believe basketball and school have prepared me for the next chapter in my life.”

-Venita Jenkins