January 18, 2005 - by
Q&A With Junior Guard LaQuinta Neely

Jan. 18, 2005

What would you consider to be your best quality and why?
“My best qualities I think would be my sense of humor and how I care for others. As far as sense of humor, I try to crack at least two jokes a day. Caring for others, I think I get that from my mom so it’s kind of natural.”

What was the hardest part about overcoming your ACL injury?
“The hardest part was getting through the pain the first couple of weeks and not being able to walk or like descend on it because it would throb something crazy. It was hard sitting out and having to just watch because you know you can help them (the team). That was hard.”

What is your most memorable game as a Seminole?
“The game I will always remember was playing UConn at UConn. Even though we lost, it was a great atmosphere. It was fun.”

What would be your dream job?
“My dream job would be owning a rec center where I could teach kids. It would be part school and part recreational. I want to be a teacher, that’s a reality. I also want to be a referee, so it’s kind of putting the two together.”

What have been your favorite and least favorite classes at FSU?
“My favorite class was a communication class with Mark Zeigler because I think he’s funny. My least favorite class was history from 1800 to 1860 because the teacher, you could barely understand him and he didn’t like it when anyone asked him questions.”

Aside from basketball, what sport do you enjoy playing most?
“Softball because I get to be outside where it’s sunny and bright. I guess I’m pretty good.”

What role do you play on this year’s team?
“I am a point guard who kind of just runs the show and to play good defense.”

What do you like to do in your free time?
“I like to bowl and I like to cook and eat and those two go hand and hand. My high score in bowling is 165.”

If you could have one wish, what would it be?
“I would wish for a million dollars so I could spend it anyway I wanted. I would buy my parents another house. I would buy me another car and I would buy myself a dream house somewhere in Montana.”

What advice would you give a young girl who wants to play college basketball?
“To make sure it’s what she wants to do because it’s a lot of hard work. And not to forget to keep the fun in it. That’s the main thing, because you have to love it to do it. And to do good in school because even though you might play basketball after college, you can’t play basketball forever.”

What has being a college athlete taught you about life, about yourself?
“It taught me that I can push through, even when I think I can’t. A lot of times, I wanted to quit and not do it. It has given me confidence. I’m not nervous about a lot of stuff. You go through a lot more harder stuff in basketball, physically, than you do in life. So when things in life get hard, I know I can push through it because I’ve done it before with basketball.”

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