Q&A With Jacqueline Sanchez

Jan. 12, 2005

BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior Jacqueline Sanchez is coming off a season-high eight points against Arizona State Jan. 9. The Golden Bear forward/guard had been slowed by a sprained ankle and a knee injury but is prepared to have a bigger impact on the team during the remainder of the season. CalBears.com recently sat down with Sanchez to discuss her current health, the Stanford game, her interests and plans for the future.

How frustrating has it been for you as a senior to deal with injuries?
'It was hard and challenging to come back to a great program. We have so many different threats out on the court, just finding my place and role was hard. I'm finally getting in. We'll see how I do. My ankle is doing great. My knee is doing better. We'll see how it comes. My back hasn't bothered me since the summer. My knee got bumped against Oregon Dec. 27.'

What is the team's state of mind heading into the Stanford game?
'We're pumped up. We're ready for this. It's a big rivalry coming up. The challenge is what brings the excitement. Everyone is going to bring their A game. It's going to make it so much more fun. I'm interested in seeing what the new floor looks like at Maples Pavilion.'

What do you hope to bring to the team down the stretch this season?
'When I come onto the court from the bench, I can bring extra leadership skills and experience. My passing, my understanding of the game and my court sense, are some of my other strengths.'

What do you do when you're not playing basketball?
'I usually just hang out with my family, go to movies and read books. I like thrillers, suspense and mystery books.'

What was it like growing up in a big family (one of six children)?'I'm the second youngest, so I get picked on and teased and made fun of. But, it makes me stronger. I can handle myself. You're never alone. You always have something to do and someone to do it with. Each of us has each other's back. We're our own little team, our own little tribe.'

What are you known for on the Cal basketball team?
'Sometimes I'm known as the funny one. Most of the time I'm known as someone that everyone can talk to. I'll put myself out and be there for everyone, someone they can count on.'

What do you enjoy most about mentoring Native Americans?
'I just want to be able to give back what others have given me. I want to try to help them succeed.'

Have you decided on your future plans?
'I decided to double major. I'll get my Native American studies degree in May, but then I have four more classes to double major in ethnic studies. I'll take that in the summer. My plans are to go onto law school. I was going to take an internship at the American Indian Justice Center and do that, too, in the summer. We'll see what happens from there.'

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