Jan. 30, 2008
Kezia Kelly, a 5-foot-6 guard from Auckland, New Zealand, has started in 15 of the Cougars' 20 match-ups this season. The freshman is averaging 4.1 points per game and is second on the team in assists with an average of 2.3 per game.
What are some of the major differences from playing basketball in New Zealand from the United States?
"In the U.S., the level and the standard of play are a lot harder. Everyone is a lot more in shape and really aggressive. On defense there's a lot more pressure involved. Back home it's a little more laid back. You have the ability to do what you want."
As an international student, where do you look for support both on and off the court?
"I look mostly to my teammates and the coaching staff. They are really supportive. If I'm not understanding work or certain rules that I have to oblige to, I can just ask my teammates, especially the upperclassmen because people like Kappy (Katie Appleton) know a lot."
What is your major and what would be your dream job?
"At the moment my major is pre-med, although I'm not so sure of how that's going so I may change to a double major in English and history, and minor in media studies. My dream job would be playing basketball full time."
What is your favorite moment of the 2007-08 season so far?
"Certain people on our team dancing make me laugh, and coach Mike is very humorous, especially when he does a bad impression of how we shoot. I have so many favorite moments."
Do you have any superstitions or pre-game rituals?
"I try not to get superstitious because if you have a routine and you don't do your routine then it throws you off. I just try to chill out, focus on the game ahead and listen to music."