Senior Spotlight: Energetic Burrows provided spark, leadership for Huskies

Senior Spotlight: Energetic Burrows provided spark, leadership for Huskies

Senior point guard Jody Burrows was a three-year captain of the Huskies during her time in the red and black.

It’s no surprise then that the communications major sees herself returning to basketball one day as a coach.

But she was more than just a team leader during the four years she patrolled the perimeter at Solomon Court. Burrows finishes her Husky career second in assists per game (3.9), third in career assists (382) and ninth in three-pointers (59). She started 77 games and averaged 5.6 points and 3.8 boards per game in her four years at NU.

“It’s always an honor, whether [I was] voted by my teammates or coaches,” she said of being a three-time captain of the Huskies.

Before coming to Huntington Avenue, the Corry, Pa., native was a first-team All-County all four years at Corry High School.

Her rookie year saw the 5-foot, 6-inch guard set the Husky rookie record with 97 assists, earning her a spot on the America East All-Rookie team.

She averaged a career-best 7.2 points per game her sophomore year, and as a junior she adjusted well to the Huskies’ first year in the Colonial Athletic Association, ranking second in the conference in both assists (143) and assists per game (4.9).

Her 143 assists tied the NU single season record and her 4.9 per game average eclipsed the previous record of 4.8 set by Husky Hall of Famer Tesha Tinsley in the 1998-99 season.

Burrows’ senior year presented a new challenge, as the captain and the rest of her teammates had to adjust to a new coaching staff and a new offensive philosophy.

“There was definitely a transition phase,” Burrows said. “But coach [Daynia La-Force] Mann and I were on the same page. As the point guard, I tried to implement what she was trying to teach.”

This past year also presented another challenge for Burrows, as she tore her ACL Dec. 2 while going for a rebound at UMass.

She made a valiant return to the court on Jan. 28 in a 64-56 loss to UNC Wilmington after missing 14 games and almost two months, a move that touched her teammates.

“She’s the leader on the team,” sophomore guard Ashlee Feldman said after the game. “[She’s] playing on a torn ACL for us; that’s just awesome.”

But despite leaving her marks in the record books, Burrows said she would remember the time she spent with her teammates the most.

That’s only fitting for a player whose job it was to try and get the ball to them as often as possible.

One of her other favorite memories during her time at Northeastern came her sophomore year, when she and her teammates traveled to Los Angeles to attend coaching legend John Wooden’s camp over Thanksgiving break.

In addition to her teammates, Burrows said she would miss the competitiveness of basketball the most.

“I’ll miss the competition [and] everything else associated with it; I won’t miss the running and the conditioning,” she said, laughing.

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