Feb. 6, 2002
When junior Trinetta Moore was being recruited out of junior college, it was important for her to find a school and a basketball program that provided a family atmosphere, because family has always been important to her. The mother of five-year-old Isaiah and Dontae, who will be two in March, Moore found what she was looking for at Florida State.
A native of California, Moore also considered Long Beach State and San Diego State as well as Saint Louis University and Ole Miss. She even looked into attending Life University, an NAIA school in Marietta, Ga., because it was near Atlanta, where her mother, who is caring for her children, lives.
“I thought about Life University because it’s close to my mom, and I wondered if I should be there for my kids, but my mom told me that I should choose the best that I could get and what would be best for me in the long run,” Moore said. “She loved it here (at FSU). She liked the atmosphere and loved how it felt like a family when we came on the visit. They called her and made her a part of the recruiting. They weren’t just recruiting me, so she felt good about it and so did I.”
With the added responsibility of having children, Moore is not your typical college basketball player, but with the help of her mother, she’s getting the opportunity to experience college life, while earning her degree in social science.
“My mom tells me all of the time that as long as she sees me doing good for myself and progressing for my future, then she’ll help me out,” Moore said. “Every penny extra that I have, I send it to my mom for the kids. It’s not too hard right now, because I have my mom. They (her kids) motivate me. They’re my life. I feel like they’ve been here all my life. I’ve always loved kids, but I didn’t think I was going to have kids at such an early age, but I can’t imagine my life without them.”
Between going to class, study hall, practice, travel, games and community service, Moore doesn’t have a lot of free time. All the people associated with the basketball program, the coaches, managers, staff and players, are who she considers her family and friends and this is where she draws her support from.
“Everyone here supports me a whole lot,” Moore said. “My teammates are so happy when the kids are around. I like the way they play with them and talk to them. They don’t criticize, they just support me.
“Being here has taught me a lot about responsibility. In junior college, I had a lot more free time, but here, you have to constantly keep on track. I’ve got to know when to be here and when to be there, where before I didn’t have to worry so much about that, but I’m grateful for that and for what I’m learning about myself.”
Moore is also learning a great deal about herself as a basketball player. A teammate of current Seminole Petra Hofmann’s at Cowley County Junior College in Kansas, Moore averaged 10.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as a freshman, but suffered a torn ACL just four games into her sophomore season. She’s recovered nicely from the injury and she’s played in all 20 games for the Seminoles while averaging 4.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. She’s scored in double figures three times and has led the team in rebounding in three contests. But the team’s been struggling as of late and so has Moore. It’s these times that Moore turns to her family at home.
“Right now, I’m a little depressed and down because we’re not winning,” Moore said. “It’s hard because I know what I need to do to get better and I feel like I’m trying hard, but maybe not hard enough and I get frustrated with that and I get down on myself. Sometimes I go home and just cry but when I talk to my boys, it makes me feel better. When I talk to them, they just make me laugh and make me happy. They give me energy.”
Positive energy, no doubt.