South Alabama basketball player has extra motivation to be successful

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The name Chyna Ellis will go down in the history books at South Alabama.

After an historic night a couple weeks ago, Ellis became the all-time block leader for the Sunbelt Conference with 289 rejections and counting.

That same night she also recorded the program’s first triple double since 1989.

That performance earned Ellis her second Sunbelt player of the week award this season.

“We expected this when we recruited her and we just couldn’t be more happy for her or proud of her,” said South Alabama Women’s basketball head coach, Terry Fowler.

But it’s not about the awards, or accolades for Ellis.

It’s the phone call after the game that pushes her to be her best.

“She just tells me good job mommy,” said South Alabama Basketball Player, Chyna Ellis.

That motivation is from Ellis’s daughter who is about to turn four this week.

“My baby girl Londyn. I mean all of this is for her,” said Ellis.

It was during Ellis’s senior year in high school that her world changed.

“It was tough I really wanted to play. I love the sport, I really do. When I found out I knew I couldn’t continue and I told my high school coach and he said yeah you have to sit out. But I stayed around and supported them and I just held on to basketball and never lost the hope, never lost the faith,” said Ellis.

That hope and faith is shown every day as Ellis helps lead the jags to their best start in conference play since 1991.

While Chyna focuses on school and basketball her daughter lives in Tennessee with Ellis’s mom.

“It’s hard. It really is hard,” said Ellis.

At the end of the day it’s those three little words, good job mommy, that keep her going.

“I’m just trying to do what I can to provide her with the best life possible,” said Ellis.

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