WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) -- The Shockers experienced three different coaches in two different conferences throughout four different seasons, and only one player saw it all: Sabrina Lozada-Cabbage.
"I think every year was a new challenge," she said. "I think freshman year, we didn't win a lot [on Jody Adams-Birch's team] and we were all brand new again. My sophomore year was a bit bumpy [with Linda Hargrove taking over]. Last year, my junior year, we had a lot of seniors and it was a new coach [Keitha Adams], new conference [American Athletic Conference], so everything was just new. And then this year, I just feel more stable."
Lozada-Cabbage said she utilizes these experiences as teaching moments for the young freshman-dominated squad.
"I think just having a young team, we're definitely doing a lot of teaching and learning and there's a lot better competition in the American Athletic Conference so, it kind of made me think of my freshman year when I came here and we didn't win very many games. Just knowing how to handle losses and being a good example to the young ones."
The team started the conference slate 0-5, before earning its first win on the road at Tulane. The rough slate was not the toughest moment of her New Year. Lozada-Cabbage lost her grandfather, who she says was one of her biggest fans and a fellow basketball player.
"I had my family come out, my mom came out two weeks after. Then my friends came out and...coach has helped me a lot," she said in between tears. "I've definitely had a lot of support helping me with my coaches and my teammates."
Throughout the losing seasons and coaching changes, her dedication to the program never wavered.
"You know, I love my team. I love my coaches. I want to be there for them, I want to play my best for them," she said. "I know there was a while where I wasn't doing very well but, being able to help my team any way I can, I love my team, my coaches, everybody. Never did I not want to be a part of it."
The four-year letterwinner will celebrate senior night Monday night, when she plays in Koch Arena for the final time. She will be joined by Cesaria Ambrosio, a two-year player and transfer from Redlands Community College.