Ariana Taylor on a Fast Break Toward Personal Victory
Last Updated on January 28, 2020 at 12:00 AM
Originally published January 28, 2020
By Jesse Martinez
Creating Champions: This is the sixth article in a series about UTEP student-athletes who share their unique stories and how athletic scholarships have made a difference in their lives. Each of these students reflects on the value of their UTEP experiences and the opportunities they create for the future. Visit minerathleticclub.com to learn more about the Creating Champions campaign.
Ariana Taylor has big dreams for personal success on and off the court, both of which she said are possible thanks to her Miner Athletic Club scholarship. Video by UTEP Communications
Ariana Taylor has big dreams for personal success on and off the court, both of which she said are possible thanks to her Miner Athletic Club scholarship.
The UTEP women’s basketball forward joined the team in 2018. Coaches quickly recognized her determination and skill. In her debut season, Taylor played in all 31 games and became a regular starter midway through the year.
“To me, the scholarship means everything because I’m in love with basketball so that’s a good thing that I can still reach my goal at a different level,” Taylor said. “Being on this team is everything, especially (representing) UTEP. I love the history of this school.”
The Houston native said she finds inspiration in the historic run of the 1965-1966 Texas Western College men’s basketball team, whose national championship season is chronicled in the film “Glory Road.”
“It’s just a blessing to be here and play in these orange and blue colors,” Taylor said.
The sophomore communication studies major already has her sights set on graduation. Taylor wants to continue her basketball career at the professional level, whether it’s in the United States or overseas.
When she is ready to hang up her jersey, Taylor said she hopes to become a sports broadcaster or commentator.
She is grateful for her Miner Athletic Club scholarship and considers the donors to be part of her family.
“They provided me with my scholarship and I’m very thankful for that,” Taylor said. “Also, they’re just helping kids of my background that don’t really have the money to come to major universities like this. So, that’s a good thing that they’ve done for me.”