FOUND HER FIT: MOORIAH ROWSER ADJUSTS TO LIFE AS A RAM
By Andy Hogue
Mooriah Rowser says she took one look at Richmond, Virginia and saw her new home. A graduate transfer from Memphis, Rowser brings with her a wealth of experience, not to mention unflinching positivity, to her new team.
An American Athletic Conference All-Rookie Team selection in 2013-14, Rowser averaged 11.1 points and shot .436 from the field last season with the Tigers as a redshirt junior. In three seasons, Rowser appeared 96 games for Memphis and scored more than 900 points. She was twice named to the AAC’s All-Academic Team.
Rowser believes her experiences at Memphis will serve her well with the Rams.
“The biggest takeaway from Memphis is the competiveness,” said Rowser. “We were able to experience a lot of competitive games and figure out how to pull games out, and I think I can bring that to VCU.”
Rowser attended St. John’s College High School in Chevy Chase, Washington, D.C. The St. John’s College girls basketball program is well-regarded within the and competes in the highly competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Rowser appreciates the opportunities St. John’s College gave her.
“[St. John’s College] helped prepare me for college both academically and athletically. I had great teammates and had the opportunity to play against some amazing players.”
For Rowser, the recruiting process was a bit unconventional. While she received interest from St. John’s and Georgetown, she only took one official visit, to Memphis. It’s all she would need.
“I wanted to get away,” said Rowser on why she chose Memphis. “Also, I felt the team made me laugh and felt like a family. I felt like I could fit in as far as how they played.”
Though she spent four years at Memphis, Rowser was injured her freshman year and therefore was able to come to VCU to spend her last year of eligibility. However, her decision to be a Ram did not come without some deliberation.
“The recruitment process was different the second time,” said Rowser. “I took three visits. I think that was good for me to kind of weigh my options.”
Those options were St. John’s, Georgia Tech and VCU. Although she took official visits to each school, Rowser says VCU stood out in her mind.
“I came here on my visit and they had all the information I needed,” she said. “They showed me the city and the awesome practice facility we have now. It was just a good fit.”
Though she was in Richmond for just a day and a half, VCU and the city made enough of an impression on her to make her want to be a Ram.
“VCU just felt good,” Rowser said. “It had a very good system that I thought I could thrive in, and academically it had exactly what I wanted to do, which is Information Security. I thought it was the best opportunity to play closer to home and win.”
Being closer to home has allowed her family the ability to see her play in person. As far as how she’s fitting in as the new kid on the block with her new teammates, Rowser says the transition has not been too difficult.
“We are a very close-knit group. I’m kind of a quiet person so usually it takes me a while to adjust, but the adjustment here was quicker than I expected. They opened their locker room up to me and the freshmen that came in. They’re very open and friendly and like to joke around,” she said.
When asked about her role as both a newcomer and someone with experience, Rowser kept it simple.
“I like to lead by example. I’m not the biggest talker, so I try to lead by example by showing the younger girls where we need to be in terms of work ethic every day in practice.”