Q: Youre from Lakewood, Colorado, how far is that from Denver?
A: Its about 10 minutes from Denver.
Q: Denver was my first American city when my family came here from
Vietnam. But we only stayed there a month because my Mom didnt want to deal with the
A: Yeah, its actually covered with snow right now, since about Halloween. Its weird hearing about that, since Im here, and the sun is shining.
Q: If we were to visit for the weekend, what should we be sure to
A: Denver is really really cool. Its a small city, but really cool. But outside the city my family and I took a trip up to Steamboat, its a resort. Its gorgeous up there, and really relaxing.
Q: What has surprised you the most about Berkeley so far?
A: Id say the diversity of the people. In Colorado, it just doesnt seem as diverse. There are a lot different ethnicities and backgrounds. This summer, I had a roommate from Korea and one from Germany, so that was really neat. I got to learn all about their cultures and how they live.
Q: What has been the biggest adjustment in terms of basketball from
high school to college?
A: Time management. Thats huge. Actually, now that the seasons starting we have a little more time. Preseason, we were literally [at Haas] all day. Wed have weights and then running and then shooting and open gym. But now the schedule is more set, so its a lot better.
Q: What other schools did you consider before choosing Cal?
A: It was between Cal and Harvard. I took both visits and I loved both places. I think what made me come here was the team, and Pac-10, and the coaches, just the camaraderie of everyone, it was really impressive.
Q: You came from a very successful high school program,
A: Yeah, we made the State Finals three times, and won twice.
Q: And now youve joined a program that hasnt won in a
long time. What can you bring to Cal in terms of helping the team becoming a winner?
A: Well, the team here wants to win, and thats what I want. So we have the same goal; we have the same focus. And with the newcomers and the existing players, I think we can win through our will and hard work.
Q: You played injured for most of your senior year. How did that
A: I had a broken foot. I just taped it real tight every game, and usually Id tweak it in practice and in game. But I just got used to playing with pain.
Q: That shows a lot of toughness
A: Well it was my senior year, and our team was so good. I wanted to take our team to the top.
Q: But youre fully recovered now?
A: Yeah, I tweaked it the other day, but now it feels fine.
Q: Youre good friends with Stanford freshman guard Cissy Pierce.
Have you been in contact with her since you started school?
A: No, I havent. She doesnt have a cell phone, so I havent gotten hold of her. But Im excited to see her. Weve played on the same club team since the sixth grade, and weve been really good friends through the years.
Q: What on-court skills are you working on?
A: The most vital thing for me is rebounding. In the past I never rebounded, ever, because Im always running back on D. Here the coaches really stress rebounding, they really want the guards to get in there. Im also working on my defensive stance, getting low; I have a tendency to be high. They also want me to look to score; were trying to have everyone be an offensive threat.
Q: I saw you play in the SF ProCity summer league. The very first
time you checked into a game, you matched up against USFs Toni Russell, who
immediately stole the ball from you. Now shes one the quickest players
A: EVER! Ive played against some really quick players, but Ive never seen anyone that quick!
Q: It was a little bit of "welcome to college ball, newbie!"
Its as if she was thinking
A: "New meat!" Yeah, and in that game, since I was last off the bench, I could see her quickness and what it did to other players... And I thought, maybe I could do better than that And then I got in and it was just a SHOCK how quick her hands and feet were. But it was cool. It was something I really admired, her intensity and her will. It was really neat.
Q: But I was very impressed with how you recovered and played well the
rest of the game.
A: I told myself, "OK, thats not going to happen again. Try something new."
Q: In terms of your teammates, who in particular has taken you under her
A: Thats a tough one its been just everyone, the whole team. We all get along so well, its unreal. The upperclassmen are great; they teach us by showing that they have confidence in us. And us newcomers, were all just really good friends. Were always hanging out, so were developing that chemistry really well.
Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of basketball?
A: I love reading and writing.
Q: Whats your favorite book?
A: My favorite book I have two: The DaVinci Code, and I usually like the classics, like Catcher in the Rye.
Q: So more the modern classics than say, Shakespeare
A: Oh, I also love Shakespeare. Id say that most people dont know that about me, that I love Shakespeare. I took as Shakespeare class last year and it was the best class Ive ever had. We had to develop our own skit from a Shakespeare play and perform it, and it was really fun.
Q: Did you write it in iambic pentameter?
A: Yes. We called it "A Midsummers Nightmare," so we just reversed it--instead of having it comedy we made it a tragedy. It was just hysterical.
Q: Did you perform it in front of your class or the whole school?
A: We first performed it for a few classes, and then it was such a hit, they invited the whole school.
Q: Are you interesting in acting then?
A: All my teammates say I should be because Im such a drama queen. But Im more interested in writing movies. My dad is a screenplay writer. He wrote a movie called "Sleep Easy Hutch Rimes."
Q: So have the veterans played any jokes on you rookies yet?
A: No, but Ive heard about past tricks, so now Im always on the lookout.
Q: You never know, I hear some of the jokes are pretty elaborate and go
on all year long
A: Ive heard that too!
Q: Maybe Ill check in with you about that at the end of the year.
Thanks for your time, Kelly. Best of luck this season.
A: Thanks. It was nice to meet you.
California plays its final exhibition game on the season Wednesday night at Haas Pavilion vs. Bay Area Pro Am. Game time starts at 7 p.m.
You can meet Kelly and the rest of her teammates this Saturday when the women's basketball team hosts its annual Meet the Bears event from 8 a.m. to noon at Haas Pavilion. The event will begin with a practice session from 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a skills clinic for students 12th grade and under, lunch, and an autograph/picture session.
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