Dec. 17, 2013
By R.J. Layton, Media Relations Student Assistant
One year ago, sophomore forward Michelle Huydn made the 13-hour move to Columbia, Mo. Twelve months later, after settling in nicely, the Kitchener, Ontario, native is an important part of the Missouri women's basketball family.
The sophomore played in 30 games for the Tigers in 2012-2013, grabbing 34 total rebounds in 7.4 efficient minutes per outing. Huydn used her freshman season as a way to adjust to the long distance from her hometown.
"It's always tough being far away from home," Hudyn said. "I was always a homebody, but my teammates made it so easy. Basketball kind of helped me forget that I was homesick."
With a year under her belt, Hudyn said her approach to the game has changed. She wants to be more aggressive with an "attack" mentality.
"Now I know: don't be afraid to do something, know you are here for a reason and just go out there and get it," Hudyn said.
The 6-foot-2 forward adds another size matchup problem for opponents. Hudyn is part of a talented Mizzou frontcourt that boasts eight players standing 6-foot-1 or taller. Hudyn says with so many great post players on the team, it makes for extremely competitive practices.
"The competition makes you better because your teammates are pushing you to get better each and every time, to fight for those spots and for those minutes," Hudyn said.
Hudyn has snatched 21 rebounds and tallied three blocks in eight games for the Tigers this season. She even splashed in a three-pointer in Missouri's blowout win over Evansville. She says she likes to face up the basket offensively and use her body to root out defenders for tough rebounds.
In just her second season at Mizzou, Hudyn has embraced her role off the bench and hopes to improve and make a bigger impact in the future.
"I think my role is important, I do things right on the court and I'm not afraid to speak up or communicate," Hudyn said. "As (my career) progresses, I'd like to make a little bit more of a contribution, but if not, I'm going to stay positive and keep doing what I'm doing."
Hudyn and the 9-1 Tigers have their sights set high this season. She says the team wants to win at least 20 games, stay undefeated at Mizzou Arena and earn an NCAA tournament berth come March.
Off the court, Hudyn is just as hard working in the classroom. After enrolling at Mizzou as a chemical engineering major, she switched to biological engineering and then eventually again to biology and pre-med. She wanted something more social and plans on becoming a pediatrician someday.
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