Strib: Destiny Pitts Helps Sara Scalia Find Her Way

Ignatius L Hoops

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Kent Youngblood:

They knew about each other before they got to know each other.

Growing up in Stillwater, Sara Scalia was a Gophers fan. She watched Destiny Pitts start her career off with a bang on the way to becoming the Big Ten Conference freshman of the year in the spring of 2018.

“I looked up to her, a lot, before I came here,” said Scalia, herself now a Gophers freshman. “Just the way she played.”

Pitts watched Scalia play a bit, too. In particular, last spring’s Class 4A state title game, when Scalia scored 24 — more than half her team’s points — as Stillwater lost to Hopkins.

“I was impressed with what was going on,” Pitts said. “I was like, ‘She’s going to help us a lot.’ ”

Now it’s less mutual admiration and more friendship. Scalia was coach Lindsay Whalen’s first-ever high school recruit. Pitts is a two-time All-Big Ten player. They got to know each other over the summer, when both players lived in the gym, spending hours working out with — and against — each other.
 

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Good against good makes you better as a player. Glad to see Pitts take Scalia under her wing. Go Gophers beat Ohio State
 
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