Q&A with Krista Foster

Dec. 9, 2004

BERKELEY, Calif. - Freshman forward Krista Foster has been one of Cal's most productive newcomers early on this season. Foster, who is often one of the first players off the Bears' bench, contributes 5.7 ppg and 2.8 rpg, in an average of 15.7 minutes per contest. CalBears.com recently caught up with the Fair Oaks, Calif., product to discuss her decision to come to Cal, her role models and her interests off the court.

What's been your biggest challenge playing in college?
'I'm used to playing in the post, being the tallest person and the strongest person. Playing on the perimeter was a new thing for me. I'd been working on it. It's so different when you work on something than actually being in the position. It's been a big challenge for me to go out there and play on the outside. I took outside shots occasionally (in high school), but that wasn't my main focus. I was in the post. I feel like I'll be a better more versatile player by playing out there.'

You were the first of this year's newcomers to verbal to Cal. Why was Cal attractive to you?
'The very first time I came to Cal to come to a game I didn't know if I liked the outside atmosphere. I then came on an unofficial visit with my trainer. I had been praying about what would be a good place for me to be. They gave me a tour of the campus. I talked to the coaches and asked some questions. They asked me if I wanted to come here. I didn't tell my parents or talk to them about it. My trainer, who is one of my best friends, I didn't tell him either, but I said 'yes' and verbally committed (about April 2003 as a junior in high school). I went home and told my parents, and they were totally excited for me because it's close to home. I knew this was the place I was supposed to be - the place where I'm going to grow as a person and help build the program. There are tons of opportunities to do great things here. I decided this was the place for me. I really liked the people on the team. I've known Renee (Wright) forever. I thought the coaching staff was honest when I asked them questions. I felt it was a good place for me and where I'm supposed to be.'

How did you first meet Renee Wright?
'I first met Renee during my freshman year of high school. We both train with Gus Armstead. A coach at my school invited me to go to a workout with Gus. I went and Renee was there. That's when I really got to know her, but I first met her at the 'Best of the Best' in Sacramento my freshman year, but then I got to know her through Gus, and we've been training ever since then.'

Has Renee been a big help to you this year?
'She has a lot. I go to her if I have questions, but everybody on the team is pretty motivating. Our chemistry is great. I can go talk to anyone. There's no one I feel like I can't ask questions of.'

You grew up not too far away from Cal in Fair Oaks. At home games, who is usually in attendance cheering you on?
'I have a pretty good amount of people -- my aunt and uncle, my boyfriend and his family, my parents and Gus and my brother. It's been neat.'

You were also a good water polo player in high school. Did you have thoughts about playing water polo in college?
'I never wanted to play water polo in college. I just played for fun in high school because I've been swimming since I was seven. I swam my whole life. When I got to high school, one of my friends suggested I come out for water polo because (swimming is) pretty much what you do. And, I'm strong, so I went out and really enjoyed it. I never considered playing it in college because I really love basketball. It's my passion.'

How did you start collecting butterflies?
'It started with my mom. My mom is my best friend. She always gets me these weird things. One day, she started getting butterflies for me, and I really liked them. She just kept giving them to me. They're glass butterflies. I've never had real ones.'

Did you really aspire to be an Olympic swimmer growing up as the Cal media guide indicates?
'My idol when I was little was Summer Sanders. I used to watch swimming all the time in the Olympics. You go to the Olympics and swim. There's no WNBA like there is for basketball. There's no other place for swimming besides the Olympics. That was my goal. I really wanted to be an Olympic swimmer.'

Who are some of your other role models?
'My mom and dad and brother, Josh. My dad came to every practice I ever had in high school. He came to every single thing. My dad works nights, but he still came to everything. He's also come to about four practices since I've been at Cal. Before every game, I have to have a talk with my mom and dad. They say the same routine thing every game. My mom always tells me to go get the ball, and my dad always says, `Do your thing. Don't let anyone get in your head. You have nothing to lose.' Then, I get pumped up for the game. I think it's important to talk about my parents because they've brought me to where I am now. The same with my high school coach and Gus. That's why I'm here. I'm not here just by myself.'

What do you want to do after you graduate?
'Since I'm undeclared, I'm not sure about my major. I'm not sure what kind of job I want. I really want to help people. I like to give back. My grandpa lives in a nursing home. Going there and seeing everyone looking so sad, I like to go there and spend time with them. I also want to help kids. I also really want to play basketball overseas. If I could, I would want to try the WNBA.'

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