TULSA, Okla. – As a senior for the ORU women's basketball team, Montserrat Brotons, is living out her dream by playing collegiate basketball in the United States.
Brotons is from Cocentaina, Spain, and didn't start to play organized basketball until she was a freshman in high school. She transferred to Instituto Joaquim Blume her final three years in high school and is where she was inspired to play at a higher level. Unfortunately, an injury sidelined her for her senior season. Afterwards, she wasn't sure if it would be possible to play in the United States. She soon found out it could still be reality.
"It was a big deal to me and my community," Brotons said. "Playing basketball in the United States is a big opportunity."
Oral Roberts Head Coach Misti Cussen was the first to reach out to Brotons and express interest about her coming to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to play Division I basketball for the Golden Eagles. Coach Cussen left a big impression on Brotons and while other schools came along and made offers, she felt at peace with the thought of playing at ORU.
"I was nervous to meet Coach Cussen for the first time," Brotons said. "But, I was excited for the opportunity and she made the transition easy and I felt grateful."
The first time Brotons came to ORU was the first time she had ever been to the United States. Living halfway across the world made it difficult at times, but Brotons took comfort in teammate Maria Martianez, who also is from Spain.
"I had the impression from Maria Martianez and Coach Cussen that I was going in to a family," Brotons said. "Maria really helped with the transition. I also immediately fell in love with campus and I could feel the energy. It was like home away from home."
Now in her final season as a Golden Eagle, Brotons has grown and learned in her four years at ORU. She's had many opportunities to meet different people and go different places. In the Summer of 2017, she was able to compete with the U19 Spanish National Team in the FIBA European World Cup.
"I am thankful for the growth, experience and everything I've learned while I've been here," Brotons said. "Being away from home 10 months out of the year is tough, but basketball has taught me many things and I am grateful for that."
Brotons is looking forward to her final season as a Golden Eagle and is excited about the possibilities and the future of the program. She hopes that people will see the hard work and dedication that her teammates have put in to the offseason and says it will translate on the court.
"People should come watch because we are good and can be really good," Brotons said. "Our hard work will show and we have different people who will contribute in many different ways."
The Golden Eagles open the 2019-20 season at the Mabee Center Tuesday, November 5 at 11 a.m. against Central Christian in the annual Best Field Trip Ever game.
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