Rogers A Force On The Court

By Karissa Fogel

With a new coaching staff, this 6-foot-3 center is as focused as ever. Athletes adapt and that's exactly what Regina Rogers has been doing this season as a senior leader for the Washington women's basketball team.

Picking up her first basketball at 13 years old, Rogers began her career in the seventh grade by playing for her local community center, and from there she continued to play with friends at the high school level.

"[My favorite aspect is] thinking about being basketball savvy. What people do not really think about is you have to play on offense and defense," she said.

And her basketball savvy is clearly demonstrated on the court. Leading her team in field goal percentage and being known as one of the most efficient post players in the Pac-12, she is nothing less than a fierce force on the court.

Rogers is currently working to improve on her outside shots, and with the new coaching staff - led by head coach Kevin McGuff - by her side, she will have no problem making these improvements.

At the halfway point of the season, it looks as though the new coaching staff is exactly what Regina needed in becoming more focused and helping her to make the necessary small improvements throughout the season.

"I love [the new coaching staff]," Rogers said. "They encourage me and have helped me to improve both mentally and physically."

Rogers said her biggest inspirations are her mother, Sheila Winston, and one-minute-older twin brother, Reginald Rogers.

"My mother and twin brother are my biggest inspirations," Rogers said. "My twin brother and I are really close, and my mom comes to every game, even the away games where she has to travel. Before every game I call her."

Due to her close relationship with her mother and twin brother, it's no surprise that her most memorable moment so far in her basketball career is when she was going into her senior year at Chief Sealth High School, and was able to play for an all-male AAU team with her twin brother.

When asked what she loves most about playing basketball for UW Rogers replied, "I love the team and coaching staff this year. I'm really close to them. They're all like my sisters—I wouldn't trade them for the world."

Rogers knows what her post-college plans are. She said she hopes to play overseas, but if that does not work out, she wants to open a children's home for underprivileged kids.

With a big heart and basketball skills that many are envious of, Rogers continues to step up her game with the help of the new coaching staff and her teammates. To make sure she's always on her game, Rogers has a routine before tipoff.

"I always take a nap, listen to music on my iPod, and then I call both [former Washington running back] Chris Polk - who is like a brother to me - and my family to talk to them," Rogers said.

As the Huskies gear up for the upcoming Pac-12 games, they should be confident in the fact that they have such an efficient post player on their side.

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