Numair: 'It doesn't matter if I'm on scholarship or not'

Dec. 1, 2003

BERKELEY, Calif. - Cal walk-on guard Julia Numair scored nine points in her Golden Bears debut in the 78-47 win over South Carolina State on Nov. 23.

Q) At what point did you know you wanted to walk on at Cal?

'It has always been a goal of mine to play Division I basketball ever since about third grade. When I was a senior in high school, I realized I probably wouldn't get a scholarship. But, I knew I was good enough to play on a team, maybe not as a scholarship player. I'd always focused on school. I got into Cal, and I knew I would try to play basketball here. I met the girls a couple of years ago. I used to go to open gyms during the summer. They were cool and accepting.'

Q) When did Coach Caren Horstmeyer tell you that you made the team and what was your response?

'She let us - my twin sister, Laura, who decided not to play, and myself - train with the team the first couple of months of school. After the first week of practice, she told us. We actually went through the first week of practice not knowing if we made the team. She told us. I was like, 'Yes.' It was great to have her say the words. Everyone was like, 'You're going to make it.' When the coach finally said it, it was awesome to be part of the team.'

Q) How did you feel when Laura decided not to accept the offer to be a walk-on with you?

'I was kind of disappointed. We have always played basketball together. I was happy for her, too, because she wanted to focus more on school. Now, we're becoming our own people.'

Q) What type of role does coach want you to fill on the team?

'She wants me to go in there and play aggressive and make the most of every minute that I get. When I get out there, play smart and be a floor leader. If K.I. [point guard Kristin Iwanaga] isn't on the court, I need to fill that role.'

Q) Have you adjusted well to Cal's system?

'It is [coming naturally], especially since our offense is just one offense. There are so many options. It's not a bunch of different offenses. It is a lot easier for me. Everyone is real helpful when I don't understand.'

Q) Is it tough being the only walk-on on the team?

'It is a little bit psychologically. The team is very accepting. Once coach put me in the first time in the second exhibition game and got my feet when and scored a bucket, I knew I was part of the team and that it doesn't matter if I'm on scholarship or not.'

Q) What else do you enjoy doing?

'I love to camp, snowboard, although not during the season. I love Spanish. I want to minor in Spanish. I'm really interested in getting into the Haas School of Business.'

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