Marshall has always loved the game of basketball. She began playing when she was 6 years old, and one of her fondest memories is winning a knockout drill and having her coach hoist her up on his shoulders in celebration.
From that moment on, she was hooked on basketball.
Over the years, basketball has become the thing she most looks forward to each day as a form of stress relief. At Cornell, it has become her refuge from the rigors of an Ivy League education. A biology and society major with aspirations of becoming a doctor, Marshall uses basketball practice as a time to take a break from her academic pursuits.
“Basketball is my outlet,” she says. “It is so stressful to be at an Ivy League school, where being extraordinary is normalized. I think I’m so successful because I just play the game that I love and have fun with my teammates. [At the start of the season] I think I got away from that. I was pressuring myself into doing things I normally wouldn’t do because of the record. Now I think I’m fine.”
In addition to playing for love, and not the record, Marshall has fallen back on the lessons she learned playing golf for Hathaway Brown School, one of the premier private schools in Ohio.