From Atlantic10 Rookie of the Year in her first year with the Flyers in 2008, to her most recent honor being named Most Outstanding Performer of the 2012 A-10 Women’s Basketball Championship game, Justine Raterman has received award after award in the four remarkable years that she has been a member of the University of Dayton women’s basketball program. She has established herself as one of the most talented athletes. Her ability to effortlessly weave in and out of defenders and hit shots from just about any distance has placed Raterman as the Flyers’ point leader four years in a row.
As remains true for most athletes of this caliber, the talent that she has been demonstrating for the past four years has a place of familial origin. Being the youngest of three siblings, two of whom which were also college athletes, it is no wonder Raterman developed into the all-star that she is today. Jackie Raterman, Justine’s oldest sister, played basketball at Bowling Green State University and Julie played at West Liberty State in West Virginia. Her sisters served as major influences throughout Justine’s life which helped her to become the athlete she is today.
“For as long as I can remember, I would go to as many of their games as I could and wanted to be just like them.” Justine explained. “Jackie, who is 13 years older than me, not only served as my role model growing up, but she also became my head coach at Versailles where I played basketball in high school.”
In addition to Jackie at the head coaching position, Justine’s older brother Joe was the assistant coach.
“Spending time with my older brother and sister on top of doing what I love most, it was truly the best of both worlds,” said Justine.
Although the incredible amount of success that she has had over the years may suggest that Justine’s life consists entirely of basketball, this is not the case at all. In a previous interview with teammate and friend Patrice Lalor, a lake house was briefly mentioned where some of the girls, including Patrice and Kayla Moses, have had the privilege to spend the weekend. This beautiful escape in St. Mary’s happens to be Justine’s family’s, located just 30 minutes from her home in Versailles.
“When I’m not busy with school work or basketball, my family and I always try to take advantage of our down time and make the trip out to our lake house,” Justine said, “I love going out there and getting on the jet skis, waterskiing, swimming, relaxing and just enjoying the weather and the company of friends and family.”
With graduation coming around the corner for Justine in May, though she is an exceptional student, majoring in AYA Math Education, Raterman has high hopes of continuing her basketball career in the WNBA (she is projected as a second-round draft pick – No. 19) or for a league overseas; a well-deserved accomplishment after an astonishing career at the University of Dayton.
University of Dayton Athletics Communication student Jordan Martin is writing a feature on each of the members of the 2011-12 University of Dayton women's basketball team throughout the season. This is his 11th feature story of the year.