Hilltop Heroes: Alisha Filmore

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Alisha had 13 points in 31 minutes against Rice on Wednesday night. (SMU Athletics)

The conference champion SMU Mustangs had one four year player on their roster this year.

Being the lone senior on the team, Alisha Filmore was forced to be a complete leader on the court.

However, her excellence isn’t limited to her play on the court. It’s outside the gym where she is making a difference in the lives of the people around her.

“Alisha is very nurturing and even growing up with her brothers she was always the one to make sure that everyone was taken care of,” said Alisha’s mother Twynia Filmore.

Alisha’s personality carries over to her style of play, but the Alisha that leads the team is a completely different person.

“She turns into this totally different person and her leadership skills really standout,” said Twynia. “My favorite part is actually watching her bring the ball up the court and watching her as she sees the transition- finding the open man. You can see she gets gratification out of it when they have a very unique play or they execute well. You can see that her teammates reciprocate that positive attitude in her being able to deliver.”

As good as Alisha is on the offensive side of the ball, it is her ability to shut down an opposing player that really stands out.

“I’ve always been an underdog kind of person, so I like defense,” said Twynia. “I love to see her when she is in her position and she is focused as a defensive player and the watching her execute- getting the ball back even if she might have to do a lot of work in the process.”

Alisha is pursuing a degree in psychology with a minor in sports management. After she graduates in May she will be traveling to Israel as a part of a missionary trip. There, she will be playing basketball as a platform for actual ministry work.

After her trip, Alisha will be returning to SMU to complete her masters in sports management.  

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