Ayahna Cornish-Lowry on her Raptors playoffs rituals
Here’s a bit of basketball trivia you might not know: Ayahna Cornish-Lowry, wife of Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, is an accomplished basketball player herself. The Philadelphia native played for St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, where she was named the best offensive player for two consecutive seasons. Today, Cornish-Lowry is a courtside mainstay, though she’s swapped her running shoes for a pair of sky-high studded Louboutins and a slick or NARS liner.
How do you like to watch the game?
“Courtside, right next to the bench. I like to be close to the action. I watch from a coaching perspective, not from an emotional perspective. It’s very stressful, especially when Kyle and I make eye contact. I don’t focus in on just Kyle, I try to watch the whole game and the whole team and see what’s going on. I love watching it with a basketball eye.”
As a basketball player yourself, do you give Kyle any tips?
“For sure, he’ll come up to me during timeouts, that’s how close I am. If I see something, I try to mouth it to him. Maybe he’ll get it.”
Sitting courtside, you never know when the camera might pan to you. How do you handle that?
“My family texts me all game long to tell me, ‘Smile, the camera is on you!’ Well, the camera is always on me, they’re catching my raw emotions all the time. I don’t like seeing myself on TV. To get camera-ready, all I need is eyeliner. I like NARS Kohliner in Minorque.”
How do you deal with the stress?
“Stress is a bad word. I’d say it’s excitement. I try to stay calm, stay level-headed. During the (regular) season it’s just one game out of 82. You try not to get too worked up. During the playoffs though, it’s a little different.”
Do you have a camaraderie with the other wives? A group chat, maybe?
“Right now, a lot of us have young kids, so it’s been hard. In the past, we’ve gotten together to watch the game when the guys are on the road. We support each other, because it can be hard, like when they lost Game 1. But we have to keep the spirits up — it’s a long season.”