What attracted you to the world of basketball?
There was something about it that I always really enjoyed. When I was a little kid, I always enjoyed watching the game. Whenever it was on TV, I would always watch. It was something that, whether I was in the house, outside, at school, I was always bouncing a basketball. It just came very innately.
When did you realize you wanted to take basketball to the professional level?
When the WNBA started in 1997, I was in Los Angeles. I would go watch the Sparks at the Forum all the time. From watching, you got an idea that ‘maybe you can make it to the WNBA.’ As my high school season ended and I got to UConn, I think I really started taking it a bit more seriously and maybe thinking about playing basketball as a career.
With the extensive energy required for the sport, you have to keep your fitness levels up quite a bit. What exercises compromise your fitness regimen or workout routine?
That is probably one thing that I have really focused on the most in the last couple years. As you get a little bit older, and the wear and tear of playing a lot of years, you have to find a way to be on the court and feel good. There has definitely been a change in the flexibility, stability, strength, and different ways of moving the body that strengthens all those little muscles that really help you in the long run.
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