Fairman brings small-town atmosphere to locker room

Amy Fairman (junior, business management) is playing for more than the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team: She’s playing for her teammates and family, especially her sister.

Fairman, a third-year guard for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team, has led the Crimson Hawks in assists and steals in her first two seasons respectively. Much of her motivation to succeed comes from her sister, Jaque, whose basketball career was cut short by three shoulder surgeries.

“She would do anything to be in the situation I’m in,” Fairman said. “Since she got injured so many times, she never could. So it’s definitely a big motivation for me.”

Fairman, whose pregame ritual includes a prayer, said she likes being at IUP because she is close to home. She is from Creekside and attended the nearby Marion Center High School.

While in high school, Fairman was on a team that won back-to-back District 6 Championships in her junior and senior seasons.

Fairman played on a team that sent four players off to college to play basketball. She couldn’t imagine herself going anywhere other than IUP and has made good friends with her teammates, she said.

“I couldn’t see me being anywhere else,” Fairman said. “As a team, we’re very close. We’re close on the court and off the court, so I couldn’t see myself anywhere else.”

As for the remainder of this season on the court, she said she is hoping the team can win the last couple games to gain some momentum going into postseason basketball. IUP is 16-8 this season under new head coach Tom McConnell, and they will finish the regular season with games against Edinboro University and Slippery Rock University.

“Hopefully, we can pull out the rest of the season with wins,” Fairman said. “That way we can go into the playoffs with strong hopes and good team chemistry.”