ARLINGTON, Texas - UTA women's basketball is counting down the days until tipping off the season on Nov. 11 versus Incarnate Word on UTA Homecoming Week. With just 12 days until the opener, meet the Lady Mav's No. 12, sophomore Brooke Alexander.
How excited are you for the upcoming year after redshirting last season?
Alexander- "I am very excited, it has been a year and a half since I have played an actual game, if you don't count Costa Rica. I was fortunate to get to go to Costa Rica and get to shake some of that redshirt rust off, but I am very excited and have been looking forward to it for awhile."
What was your favorite part of the team's summer tour to Costa Rica?
Alexander- "Just traveling out of the country is fun for me anyways, so getting to do that with my teammates is really cool. I got to do it in a country in Central America, where I want to live at in the future, so that was really cool. Basketball wise it was really cool. We are really big and really fast. This is the most talented team i have been a part of. It was cool to see that and see our team chemistry and gel a little bit."
Off of the court, what was your favorite part of the trip?
Alexander- "The orphanage. It reminded me a lot of high school when I got to go to Hondurus and I hope to go back for that very reason. It is a perspective changer and really changes your perspective. It opens your eyes to a lot of different things. We were very blessed by those children."
What is your favorite part about getting to leave the country?
Alexander- "For me, it is really cool to see all the different places that God created, and the kinds of people that God created. It is fascinating and I love different cultures, especially the Spanish culture. You learn so much from them. It is natural to think that the American way is the way, but you travel and see things you can learn from and it just becomes a part of you."
What have you been working on since the trip to get ready for the season?
Alexander- "For me it has been about getting healthy and my body right. I have been working on my jump shot and getting quicker defensively."
With expectations high this season, how does the team put that aside to perform on the court?
Alexander- "We have a huge target on our back, so that is pressure, but I think we will have a good season as long as everyone stays together and gets through adversity. We will be hard to beat. I think the only thing that can get in our way is our selves."
What are your personal objectives for the upcoming year?
Alexander- "Just getting better all around. I know my weaknesses and strengths and I just want to work on both. I want to stay true to myself and not do too much."
After graduating from UTA, what is going to be next on the plan?
Alexander- "I want to get my Master's and really want to play basketball professionally overseas. When it's done and I'm done with basketball I want to be a missionary overseas to share the gospel. I want to do anything that can help people, especially children."
When you get some free time, what do you like to do away from basketball?
Alexander- "I really like to just hang out. I love talking, I can talk to a person for hours and lose track of time. I like to read to keep my mind right and stay positive."
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