Q & A With Junior Guard Annette Ilg


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Annette Ilg is pretty good on skates and she likes her PB&J.
Annette Ilg is pretty good on skates and she likes her PB&J.
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With an overall record of 15-2, the 21st-ranked UC San Diego women’s basketball team is rolling, riding an eight-game winning streak heading into this weekend’s games against Cal State Stanislaus and Chico State. Junior guard Annette Ilg has been a key part of the team’s success, averaging 10.2 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.7 steals per night in her first season as a starter. The native of Avon Lake, Ohio is one of five players who have been in the starting lineup for all 17 games this season, formulating the core of a team that has national championship aspirations.  “Annette has worked extremely hard to put herself in a position to be successful," head coach Charity Elliott said. "She does everything we want her to do defensively, and she's also developed into a very talented player on the offensive end. Her energy, athleticism, and leadership have been instrumental for us this season." Ilg took a break from her studies and preparation for the Warriors and Wildcats to answer a few questions for UCSDtritons.com.

Q: At 8-0, the women’s basketball team has already put together the program’s best start to conference play since UCSD joined the CCAA in 2000-01. What has been the key to the team’s success thus far?
ILG: The key to our success is our ability to play as a team.  Michelle Osier is our rock, but each night we have different people stepping up and contributing when it is needed.  We play relentlessly against each team, and this has been our key to perseverance.

Q: Your role with the team has increased a great deal this season. What is the biggest difference in your game today from this time a year ago?
I think the biggest change for me was truly accepting my role and whatever that may be.  I strive to do whatever is needed for this team because I care so much about this team and our success.

Q: You lead the team in three-point shooting and you’re also extremely effective in the open court. When are you most dangerous as a player?
ILG: I believe I am most dangerous in transition. I love running the floor and attacking the basket.

Q: The team has won 15 of its first 17 games under second-year head coach Charity Elliott this season. What about her coaching style resonates most with you?
ILG: I think her faith and confidence in us is amazing. On days when we are frustrated, we see that she demands more out of us because she knows how great we can be, and I believe that is a huge key for this team.

Q: How do you see the rest of the season playing out? Does this team have what it takes to be playing late in March?
ILG: I believe this team has great depth and potential and will absolutely be a contender in March. Our goal is to be NATIONAL CHAMPIONS, and I feel that this is one hundred percent within our reach.

Q: Which one of your teammates makes you laugh most often? Who are the biggest jokers on the team?
ILG: Erin Noonan, my twin, definitely makes me laugh the most. Everyone on our team has such a great personality though, and I have so many good times with all my teammates. Some inside jokes are: Osier and I being special, Noon and I being super ridiculous, Chelsea and I with enjoyable side commentary, and acting like a dork to Lei and watching her shake her head at me. : )

Q: You hail from Avon Lake, Ohio. How did you land at UC San Diego?
In my college search, I was looking for a top academic school especially in the science department, a beautiful place to live with a gorgeous climate, a highly competitive Division II athletic program, and somewhere that would be an entirely new experience for me. I have found everything I was looking for here at UCSD.

Q: Weather aside, what’s the biggest difference between Southern California life and living in Ohio?
ILG: The diversity in people and culture is the biggest difference to me. I enjoy learning about the various customs and traditions from all over the world, and it has definitely enriched my life experience.

Q: You are the second youngest of eight children. What was it like growing up with so many siblings?
ILG: Growing up was definitely a battle and the key to getting through it was cooperation. Fighting over who was able to shower first and for how long was even an issue, so planning around other people's schedules was a must. I learned a lot from it though and I wouldn't change what I have with my family for the world. I love Tim, Chris, Liz, Steve, Becca, Angie, Rachel, mom, and dad so, so, so much!

Q: What is something most people don’t know about you?
ILG: Most people don't know that I love art and music. If I had more free time I would love to be able to get creative and sketch or paint. I would really love to learn to play the guitar, as four of my family members have already mastered it, but I just haven't found the time to learn. Plus, it is hard for me to sit still and practice because I love being outside and playing sports rather than being cooped up inside.

Q: If you could visit any place on Earth where would you go?
ILG: I would love to spend a month or two traveling through Australia. There is so much to see there from the outback to the coral reef with all kinds of wild life in between. I have made it a goal to travel there someday.

Q: What’s playing on the iPod right now?
Since, Noon and I are going to the Lil Weezy concert next Tuesday, Lil Wayne has been playing on my iPod non-stop.

Q: What’s one unique or special talent you have?
ILG: I can roller skate and rollerblade pretty well. When we went roller-skating for Kappa Kappa Gamma with Fiji, my friends and I were dancing and running and being ridiculous in our roller skates, and we did a pretty good job of it too.

Q: If you had to choose one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
ILG: Choosing only one meal is super difficult because I love food so much. I probably consume the second highest amount of food on the team and eat enough to sustain a person twice my size, haha, but if I had to choose only one meal, it would be sandwiches because there is such a variety. I most frequently eat peanut butter and jelly!!  So delicious (raspberry jelly only)!!

Q: What would you like to accomplish during your senior season?
ILG: Well after we are NATIONAL CHAMPS this season, I don't think we could expect any less for the next year...national champs it is!!!!! We are going aLl ThE wAY!!



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