Q&A With Mackenzie Argens

March 10, 2009

Redshirt-freshman center Mackenzie Argens and her Husky teammates head to sunny Los Angeles for the 2009 State Farm Pac-10 Tournament this week. Argens, who has dealt with surgeries on the same knee this year and last, has earned her way into the starting lineup as of late and in the last four games is averaging 9.0 points and 3.8 rebounds. The Seattle native and former Roosevelt HS star chatted with GoHuskies.com correspondent (and teammate) Michelle Augustavo about her battle with injuries, last week's big win over Washington State and this week's Pac-10 Tournament.

GoHuskies.com: The team is coming off a huge road win against WSU...how is the team feeling?
Mackenzie Argens: 'Awesome! I think we are really pumped up from WSU. I think it's a great way to end the season and lead us into the tournament. I think we are on a great energy right now.'

GH: You were a key contributor on Friday night and led the post players in scoring...what was your mindset against WSU?
MA: 'Well we knew they played behind us in the post, so just trying to foul them out and going strong to the hoop. I tried to get as open as I could and always show my numbers.'

GH: How do you plan to keep up your play going into the Pac-10 tournament?
MA: 'I think for all of us it's just go strong, go all out all the time, be aggressive, give it your all, and leave it all on the court!'

GH: Speaking of the Pac-10 tournament the Huskies are set to face the Ducks in the first round Thursday night...what will it take to defeat the Ducks this time around?
MA: 'Last time I felt like we did a really good job in the first half, so I think just keeping that energy up, being the aggressors, attacking them, and hitting a few shots will allow us to surprise a lot of people.'

GH: You are another post who has gone in and out of the starting line-up this year...do you have a preference whether you start or come off the bench?
MA: 'I don't have a preference. I am honored to be starting. I don't mind coming off the bench. I just want to go hard whenever I'm in.'

GH: At this point in the season everyone's injuries are flaring up...how's your knee holding up? And do you have any other injuries at the moment?
MA: 'It's actually holding up pretty good. I can feel the soreness kind of starting to come back, but lately it's been feeling great. It hasn't been giving me too much pain. And no I don't have any other injuries at the moment at least that I know of (laugh).'

GH: How hard was it last year to work so hard and then come in and tear your ACL right off the bat?
MA: 'It was awful! You work so hard during the summer and preseason, going thru all the conditioning everyday getting in shape and then that one split second where it just all goes down the drain is pretty tough. It's hard just thinking back on it.'

GH: What are your expectations for the rest of the season?
MA: 'I think we are going to surprise some people. I think we are going to win the Pac-10 tourney of course. There are some definite upsets coming our way.'

GH: You have three more years here...what do you plan to work on this spring in the off season? Is there a specific part of your game that you want to improve on?
MA: 'Getting my knee fully 100 percent, rehabbing every day, getting my shot down, and becoming stronger. A little bit of everything...my handles, post moves. I really want to focus on my post moves though. When I got hurt I felt like I lost a lot of my instincts on what to do down low, so I want to work on that and get that back.'

GH: What is your favorite post move?
MA: 'I like the turnaround fade away shot.'

GH: What's your favorite thing about your hometown Seattle?
MA: 'My family and friends. Just being close to home is awesome.'

GH: Favorite restaurant?
MA: 'I really like Varlamos.'

GH: Favorite thing to do outside of basketball?
MA: 'Well, I love to just hang out with the team. When we hang out we watch a lot of movies and frequently go to Chipotle to get chips and guac.'

GH: If you weren't playing college basketball...what other sport would you play?
MA: 'Ping-Pong! No, I don't know. I never really go into volleyball, but maybe volleyball. Actually, curling!'

GH: I don't know if the fans know but you are actually a movie star, you were in the documentary 'The Heart of the Game' and Ludacris actually mentions your name...tell us a little bit about that and what that was like.
MA: 'It was my freshman year of high school so I was in it for a year. It was pretty cool just seeing the finished product and everything. I still get excited watching the movie even though I know the outcome. I was honored to be in it and be a part of it. I love the story.'

GH: Name one thing that fans would not know about each of the seniors.
MA: 'Heidi McNeill...if you stare at her long enough she will start crying, but we love her for that. And Michelle Augustavo...you're the nicest person I've ever met!'

GH: Thanks Mac! Good luck at the Pac-10 Tournament and Go Dawgs!
MA: 'Thank you!'

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