TAMPA — Basketball fans know Chloe Jackson from her game winning shot in the national semifinal, but she's a trail blazer for Baylor.
"I actually didn't know I was the first graduate transfer until probably right before the season started and I got some questions about it," explained the Lady Bear point guard.
Being a first anything for a program like Baylor is an achievement. Especially when it means changing the mind of a coach like Kim Mulkey.
"All this transfer stuff is here to stay and I either have to embrace it or be stubborn or hardheaded and let everyone else embrace it and get left behind."
The only one leaving anything behind is Jackson to her opponents. She was an All-Region NCAA Tournament performer and did I mention she hit the game winning shot in the National Semifinal?
"I would like to think that this season -- has been awesome," said Jackson with a laugh.
Awesome? Sure, that's one word for it, but could Jackson have imagined this level of success if someone told her before the season?
"Absolutely not. I wouldn't have believed them. It's been, I couldn't have written this journey any better. It's been one for the books that I will always remember."
Jackson's memories will be cherished by Baylor fans for a long time. Even if she just wore the Green and Gold for a year.
"The Baylor fan base has really accepted me in as family. And I couldn't be any more happy about that. They really have embraced me.
Jackson will get a chance to extend that legacy even further as Baylor plays Notre Dame Sunday at 5 p.m. for a national championship.