March 3, 2008
Ebonee Coates, a 6-foot-4 center from Tacoma, Wash., played basketball for Curtis High School. Coates' third season with the Cougars has been plagued with a foot injury and two concussions, however, Coates has made every second on the court count pulling down 92 rebounds and blocking a team-high 14 shots in just 12 games. Coates also leads the team in rebounding averaging 7.7 per game.
How are you feeling now that you have two Pac-10 victories under your belt?
"I feel great. I think that we really deserved them and worked hard for it."
Favorite moment of the 2007-08 season?
"I think beating Oregon State here. There are a lot of random moments, but that's the one that stands out because it was our first Pac-10 win."
Who is the person that has inspired you the most in your life and why?
"My mom has been the most inspiring person in my life. It sounds kind of cheesy, but she's been there all the time. She's my best friend and I can tell her anything. She works hard and even if she's had a hard day, she can still stay positive."
What is your major and what would be your dream job?
"My major is communications and I am going into public relations. My dream job would be anything that has a lot to do with traveling and just laying on a beach doing a little bit of work here and there."
What advice would you give to young girls who aspire to be college basketball players?
"Keep working hard. It's tough at certain points, but just keep doing it and it will pay off in the end."