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?
ILG: 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?
ILG: 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?
ILG: 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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Jessica McGovern (Women's Soccer) October 6, 2008
Bre Schofield (Cross Country) September 26, 2008
Tony Fernandez (Men's Soccer) September 18,2008
Kimberly Carpenter (Women's Volleyball) September 12, 2008
A.J. Kotanjian (Men’s Water Polo) September 2, 2008
Peter Akman (Men's Soccer) August 21, 2008
Natasha Belak-Berger (Women's Soccer) August 15, 2008
Jake LaVieux (Men's Cross Country) August 8, 2008
Dr. Penny Rue (Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs) July 30, 2008
Michelle Torres (Women's Volleyball) July 15, 2008
Jon Pascale (Men's Soccer Head Coach) July 1, 2008
Julie Ertel (Athletics) June 16, 2008
Clint Allard (Men's Basketball) June 9, 2008
Jen Myers (Women's Crew) May 27, 2008
Casey Ryan (Men's Track and Field and Men's Basketball) May 21, 2008
Keith Noe (Baseball) May 13, 2008
Liz LaPlante (Women's Tennis Head Coach) April 30, 2008
Sydney Gstettenbauer (Women's Water Polo) April 22, 2008
Sarah Hendy (Women's Track and Field) April 17, 2008
Eric Leserman (Men's Volleyball) April 9, 2008
Danielle Lukk (Softball) April 4, 2008
Chris Franco (Baseball) March 24, 2008
Dan Perdew (Swimming) March 18, 2008
Evan Hsiao (Swimming) March 9, 2008
Eric Rubens (Men's Tennis) February 27, 2008
Melissa Ward (Softball) February 20, 2008
Cameron Sprowles (Fencing) February 13, 2008
Kim Hockett (Women's Water Polo) February 6, 2008
Trevor Decker (Baseball) January 31, 2008
Jordan Lawley (Men's Basketball) January 23, 2008
Jason Spangler (Men's Volleyball) January 5, 2008
Andrew Skewes (Men's Diving) December 26, 2007
Alexis Gaskin (Women's Basketball) December 17, 2007
Aubrey Panis (Women's Swimming) December 2, 2007
Andrew Hatch (Men's Basketball) November 26, 2007
Kevin Klein (Men's Cross Country) November 12, 2007
Kim Adams (Women's Volleyball) November 7, 2007
Ben Miller (Men's Water Polo) October 31, 2007
Alie Avina (Women's Soccer) October 19, 2007
Charity Elliott (Women's Basketball Head Coach) October 15, 2007