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Double Play: Twin student-athletes pack twice the punch

Jul 21st, 2011 | Category: Cardinals Athletics, Feature Stories

Women’s Basketball

Coach: Angela Lawson

How long have you been competing in your sport?

12 years

Are you competitive with each other?

Kosy: We both want to be the best at what we do, whether in sports or academics. Senior year I was valedictorian and Ify was salutatorian out of 700 graduating seniors. We did separate speeches instead of a joint one. We couldn’t have one twin up there without the other.

What’s your best athletic skill? What do you think is your twin’s best skill?

Kosy: I would say my mid-range shot. I think my twin’s would have to be her ability to drive to the basket.

Why did you choose the same school?

Ify: We chose the same school because the thought of going to separate schools never crossed our minds. Since we do everything together, we figured why not go to the same school together.

Why do you and your twin play the same sport?

Ify: We were introduced to basketball at the same time and loved everything about it. No other sport compares to basketball.

What’s the hardest thing about being a twin on the same team?

Ify: Our skills always being compared. For instance, if I score 12 points and she scores 15 points, they automatically think she is the better twin.

Kosy: Our teammates, coaches, and referees sometimes get us confused on the court, and our playing styles are always being compared.

What’s your favorite thing about it?

Ify: When people from the other team get confused and don’t remember who they are supposed to guard.

Can your friends tell you apart?

Ify: Only our friends who have known us for a year or more can tell us apart. One time in a game they gave me all my sister’s fouls, and I ended up fouling out of the game instead of her. When I was in fourth grade, when all fourth graders were getting back from lunch in our class lines, I stopped to tie my shoes and my sister’s teacher thought I was my sister and almost took me back to my sister’s classroom.

Kosy: In our 7th grade yearbook, they had Ify’s picture everywhere mine should have been.

What’s the best part of having a twin?

Ify: Always having someone with you that you can trust and being able to trick people and switch places. Also, people’s reactions when they finally find out we are twins.

Kosy: Knowing that you have someone who has your back no matter what.

The worst part?

Ify: The million questions we get asked every time people find out we are twins and having to share almost everything.

Kosy: Always being compared and stared at everywhere we go.

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