Abby Dowd has had an interesting path to the Pitt campus and more specifically, the women's basketball team.
The 5-9 guard earned MAC All-Rookie team honors her freshman year at the University at Buffalo (2010), but elected to transfer -- albeit without basketball -- after the spring semester. Dowd enrolled at Pitt and got adjusted to life as a 'normal' student, but longings for the basketball court led her to the Petersen Events Center. She attended a game in 2010 and decided to go out on a limb and email the coaches to ask about a walk-on opportunity. Dowd not only earned that, but her hard work grabbed her a roster spot a few months later.
Dowd's gregarious and sometimes just plain down-right wacky personality can lighten any mood (check out her essay, What I Did This Summer, as an example), but that's not to say the Tipp City, Ohio, native hasn't proved she has a serious side. Her leadership has twice earned her the co-captain title.