December 15, 2005 - by
Freshmen Insight

Dec. 15, 2005


Sports Information’s Stephanie Ecott sat down with forward Cayla Moore and guard Tanae Davis-Cain to learn more about these freshmen outside of basketball.







Cayla Moore



Q&A with Cayla Moore


What inspired you to play basketball at Florida State? — The coaches and the team. They had a good spirit about themselves. There’s also a good program, a building program here. I thought I could contribute to being part of Phase Two. Also, it’s a great environment and very diverse.


How did you become involved in the sport? — In middle school, the coach came up to me the first day when I was in the hallway and asked if I was in eighth grade, and I said, “No, I’m a sixth grader.” She said I was so tall and said, “I’ll see you on the court next week.” So I said, “Okay.”


Did you participate in any other sports? — Track and field and dancing. I did track and field just to stay in shape and dancing was a hobby. I was good in track but not as good as I was in basketball.


Who is your role model? — I’d say my grandmother because she’s strong-willed–a real strong woman. She has a good vibe about her; she’s a grandma.


What is your favorite food? Restaurant? — Chicken fingers. My favorite restaurant is Krystal. I love Krystal. I love the food and the burgers are great.


If your friends were to describe you in one word, what would it be? — Entertaining, because I’m funny and I can do a lot of stuff.


Now that you’ve been in Tallahassee for a few months, what do you enjoy most about it? — It’s bigger than Albany which is where I’m from. It also seems that everyone here is nice. The environment is nice, plus it’s a college town.


Tell me the feelings involved playing with a new basketball team at the collegiate level. — It’s difficult. There are six of us freshmen on the team so it gets very frustrating. But it will get better as the season progresses.


What is something unique about you? — I am very coordinated. I can dance pretty well and do a lot of things because I’m coordinated.


What has been your most memorable moment in the sport of basketball thus far? — When my ponytail came out during practice here at FSU. Everyone started laughing, but I still kept playing. Also in my junior year of high school, we made it to the final four. In the last five minutes, we came back and won. That was probably most memorable.







Tanae Davis-Cain



Q&A with Tanae Davis-Cain


What inspired you to play basketball at Florida State? — The coaches really inspired me. I also love Florida because it’s close to home.


How did you become involved in the sport? — I’ve loved basketball since I was little. My cousins and brothers always played, so I did too.


Did you participate in any other sports? — Cross country, softball, and golf. I stopped playing in high school. I continued to play basketball because I was better at it. I was pretty good at the other sports, but I had a passion for basketball.


Who is your role model? — I’d say my mother and my coach from high school. My mother’s been through so many things to achieve who she is today. I look up to my high school coach as well, because she’s been to where I’m trying to get. She plays in the WNBA and that’s where I want to go, so she knows what it takes to get there.


What is your favorite food? Restaurant? — Anything with cheese on it. I’m a cheese fanatic. I really don’t have a favorite restaurant, but any place is good as long as there is cheese.


If your friends were to describe you in one word, what would it be? — They’d probably say I’m a very caring person.


Now that you’ve been in Tallahassee for a few months, what do you enjoy most about it? — I like the people and the atmosphere. There are a lot of friendly people here. I’ve gotten to know different people, too. I like the weather sometimes, but it switches frequently.


Tell me the feelings involved playing with a new basketball team at the collegiate level. — I really can’t describe it. I’m so happy playing at the college level. It’s indescribable, the feeling I get when I play basketball. It’s like a joyful spirit, and when I actually play I’m in another world.


What is something unique about you? — I’m in love with animals. I like cats–tigers and lions, but lately I’ve been more interested in giraffes. I watch Animal Planet, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. My television stays on that channel.


What has been your most memorable moment in the sport of basketball thus far? — Actually, I have two, both in high school at the state championships. My junior year we lost by one point. It was heartbreaking, but the next year we came back and won. We won by three points my senior year.

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