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She ruled the court at UConn, becoming 2011's top WNBA draft pick. Now the Minnesota Lynx forward shares what she loves most.
My coach at UConn, Geno Auriemma, taught me to take more risks, because in basketball, if you overthink things, the moment will pass you by. That's good advice for life off the court, too.
Best Warm-Up Music
I like music that's upbeat with a good message. My favorite singer is Canton Jones, a gospel hip-hop artist—when I'm on the bus going to a game, I listen to him in my own little world, singing and dancing; he gets me ready to play every time.
Best Guilty Pleasure
Red velvet cake is my absolute favorite. It has to be an actual slice of cake, not a cupcake; there's more surface area, so the icing ratio is higher. That makes all the difference.
Best Mood Booster
One of my favorite things to do is teach kids to shoot a basketball. When they finally get it and their eyes light up, it's the greatest feeling.
Best Quickie Workout
One of my favorite pieces of equipment is a jump rope. It's portable, and you don't need much space—or coordination—to use it.
Best Wardrobe Staple
My mom taught me to always have a nice black skirt that can go with anything. You can mix and match it with different tops and wear it for everything from meetings to a night out with friends.
In the 2010 National Championship against Stanford, my team only scored 12 points in the first half, which was a college championship record—for least points scored. At halftime, we had a choice to make: We could let the first half affect us, or we could start fresh and take the game back. We ended up winning by six.
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