Jacqueline Williams-Battle cried.
She couldn’t help herself, but tears flowed uncontrollably down her face as she watched her son RaeQuan Battle take over the first half of Washington’s 64-56 win over Oregon State on Thursday night.
“It kind of hit me in a flash like everything that we worked on is paying off,” Williams-Battle said. “People are around us we’re like ‘Wow. Look at his shot.’ And I listened to the student body talk and they were saying ‘Omigosh RaeQuan is amazing.’
Even when Battle is by himself, he’s never alone.
The former Marysville-Pilchuck High star, who grew up on the Tulalip Reservation and is believed to be the first from the Tulalip Tribe to receive a Division-I basketball scholarship, receives the full support and love from his tight-knit Native American community.