Emma Melotik, WIAC Student-Athlete Spotlight

Emma Melotik ranks second in the WIAC this season with 49 3-point baskets.
Emma Melotik ranks second in the WIAC this season with 49 3-point baskets.

Each week during the 2017-18 academic year, the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference will feature two student-athletes (one male and one female) from one of its eight institutions for a "Student-Athlete Spotlight" Q & A segment. The segments, presented by Culver's, will be also posted every Thursday on the WIAC website.

Name: Emma Melotik
Institution: UW-Oshkosh
Hometown (High School): Genesee Depot, Wis. (Kettle Moraine High School)
Year In School: Senior
Sport: Women's Basketball
Major(s): Psychology
Minor(s): Spanish

Why did you choose to attend UW-Oshkosh?
The basketball program here was the main reason I chose UW-Oshkosh. Out of all the schools I was looking to play for, the one here was without a doubt the best fit for me. I knew the team would continue to see success, the coaches were great, and the girls on the team seemed like people I could easily fit in with. Overall, it was just very easy to picture myself playing here. On top of that, Oshkosh is only an hour and a half away from my hometown, and I knew I would be receiving a good education. 

What do you like most about competing in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference?
The thing I like the most about competing in the WIAC is how competitive it is. I think our team reached a new level of understanding that this year. We went 10-0 for our non-conference games without many issues, and then the second conference started we realized that every single game was going to be a fight. It makes winning games feel a lot better when we know we had to really work for it.

What is your favorite

Flavor of the Day from Culver's? Cookie dough craving
Menu item from Culver's? Chicken tenders basket
Spot on campus? The couch in our locker room
Class? Abnormal Psychology
Movie? Holes
TV Show? The Office
Food? Chicken alfredo
Professional Sports Team? Green Bay Packers
Hobby? Singing in my car
Musical Group/Artist? Chris Brown
Vacation Spot? Anywhere tropical
Quote/motto? "Your dignity's inside you. Nobody can take something away from you, you don't give them." Coach Don Haskins, Glory Road

What do you plan to do after graduation?
I already graduated in December, so as of right now I am just playing basketball and working with kids at CESA 6 (Cooperative Educational Service Agency) whenever the hours allow me to. In the fall I plan to attend graduate school to study educational psychology.

What is your greatest sports moment?
Making it to last year's Sweet 16 in St. Louis.

What is your favorite thing to do off the court/field with your teammates?
You can't beat an intense game of Mafia.

One word that describes the team?
Together.

One word that describes yourself?
Motivated.

When you surf the web, the site you most often go to?
Netflix.

Three things on your "bucket list"?
1. Eat a bowl of spaghetti in Italy.
2. Swim with dolphins.
3. Meet Ellen DeGeneres.

Do you have any pre-game/pre-event rituals? If so, what are they?
I really don't have any pre-grame rituals that I follow religiously, but it's always nice when I can get a pre-game nap in.

What is your biggest "pet-peeve"?
When someone starts to tell me something, then stops, and says they actually can't tell me.

Your worst habit is?
I bite my nails a lot.

2017-18 UW-Oshkosh WIAC Student-Athlete Spotlights

McKinzie Halkola • Women's Swimming & Diving

Dylan Hecker • Football

Jake Laihinen • Men's Basketball

Emma Melotik • Women's Basketball

Ryan Powers • Men's Track & Field

Bailey Sagen • Women's Tennis