Women’s forward Kiandre’a Pound ‘motivated’ for success

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 10: FIU forward Kiandre'a†Pound (1) handles the ball in the second half as the University of Miami Hurricanes defeated the FIU Golden Panthers, 77-69, on November 10, 2017, at the Watsco Center in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo Courtesy of FIU Athletics)

By Cristhian Plasencia/Asst. Sports Director

 

As a prominent forward, an earnest graduate student and an independent mother, Kiandre’a Pound epitomizes the characteristics of work ethic. It all started in her hometown Gifford, Florida.

“I was about six years old sitting around the house, and I told my dad I was bored,” Pound said.

Andre Pound, father of Kiandre’a, told her that he’s going to teach her how to play basketball, and it took off from that point. She didn’t see her special gift for basketball at the time.

“My first time actually scoring a bucket in a game, I scored on the wrong basketball hoop, and my mother [Katina] actually cheered from me when it went in,” Pound said.

“I always been highly self-motivated but now the only thing that keeps me motivated is not letting my daughter down,” Pound said.

Pound redshirted her first season (2013-14) at FIU, later in her third year as a panther, she redshirted again, due to a medical hardship waiver. Pound announced her pregnancy to her teammates in the summer of 2015.

She redshirted and took the following season off, as motherhood began. In March 2016, She delivered her daughter Kynsley.

“I did my first workout like four weeks after having my child, and I literally couldn’t do it without breathing hard,” Pound said.

The previous 2016-17 season was a transitional period for Pound, working her way back into the team. It took her almost a year to get back into shape.

She got back into her peak shape during the preseason. Last year was a struggle for her to get going, as she worked diligently to gain her “shooting touch back” to where it was her first season in a Panther uniform.

“I was happy that the coaches were able to be patient with me throughout the process,” Pound said. “Getting back to being a full-time student, I had my family back home but here I had to adjust in being a mom with also adjusting to becoming a great student.”

Turning the page to the current 2017-18 season, Pound made her presence known against Marshall at home, scored 21 points and 19 rebounds (career-high); currently, she averages 9.6 rpg, 154 rebounds; 13.9 ppg.

“From now and last year, I kind of look at players who were in the situation I was in, having a child and go through the same process I had to go through, I thought I couldn’t do it, but when I saw them do it extremely well, I knew I could do it,” said Pound.

Kaneisha Atwater, Former FGCU guard, inspired Pound. Atwater had a child and she played professional basketball overseas for Dynamo-NPU in the Ukraine Superleague.

Los Angeles Sparks forward, Candace Parker, also showed the possibility of having a child and still dominate on the court. Parker missed the first eight games of the 2009 WNBA season after giving birth to her daughter.

“I had to keep my circle small, people outside of that didn’t think it was possible to bring her to school regularly on my own, and play basketball and be a fulltime student,” said Pound. “My family has been supportive when I would go to away trips. I’m glad to have a great supportive system from my family to my teammates that embrace my daughter. I’m grateful to be surrounded by them.”

Kiandre’a earned her psychology bachelor’s degree at FIU and now is currently studying for her master’s in early childhood education. She aspires to continue her studies, and eventually earn a psychology PHD to pursue a career as a child psychologist.

Bringing Kynsley into the world opened the lenses for Kiandre’a. It surely transcended her reason to keep pressing on.

“I can’t fail, she’s affected in what I do,” said Pound. “When she gets old enough, I want my daughter to know that her mom was a hard worker.”

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