Bullock goes worst to first (Basketball)

February 28, 2011
Sylvia Bullock

She doesn’t score a ton of points or grab a lot of rebounds, but Sylvia Bullock does a lot of winning.

The Anchorage forward is part of the 12th-ranked University of Miami women’s basketball team that won the regular-season title in the mighty Atlantic Coast Conference.

The title run completes a worst-to-first journey for the Hurricanes, who have won 24 of their last 25 games.

“It feels great because we’ve been the underdogs the past two years,” she told me. “But I always knew we would be pretty great.”

Bullock, of South High fame, has started all 29 games for the 26-3 Hurricanes, who shared the ACC title with Duke.

The 6-foot-2 junior averages 26.2 minutes, 4.1 points and 4.0 rebounds. She has also collected 40 assists, 23 blocked shots and 32 steals – and set a thousand screens.

“I do a lot of the stuff that doesn’t show up in the statistics,” she said. “Whatever the team needs. I’m just here to win.”

Her hard work paid off in a recent win over arch rival Florida State University in which she was part of a rare five-point play.

“My best friend Stephanie hit a 3 and I had set the screen, and this girl pushed through me,” she said. “We had a five-point play because I hit my free throws. It was so fun, especially because it was against FSU.”

Bullock is also a star off the court, carrying a near 3.0 grade-point average while juggling a major in English with a minor in dance.

“We really don’t have lives outside of basketball,” she said.

Her release is her dance class.

“I love to dance,” said Bullock, who grew up taking ballot. “It’s more like a relaxation thing for me.”