Q&A with Krista Foster

Feb. 25, 2006

BERKELEY, Calif. - Sophomore forward Krista Foster has played in all 27 games this season and has made seven starts. The product of Fair Oaks, Calif., is averaging 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game heading into today's regular-season finale against Washington. All youth will be admitted free, as Cal looks to set a season home attendance average record. She matched her career highs of 13 points and seven rebounds in Cal's win at Arizona last week. Foster sat down with CalBears.com and discussed the stretch run, her role on the team and senior Renee Wright.

What are the keys to beating Washington in the final regular-season game?
'The biggest focus for us is rebounding because in the last meeting against them, they outrebounded us, and that really hurt us. Our focus is boxing out and knowing the scouting report, knowing their personnel. The coaches give us this huge scouting report, which is the key to winning. Our defense is going to be what helps us to win the game.'

What will you miss most about senior Renee Wright?
'The things that I'll miss most about Renee are her personality and her comforting way. If you ever need help, she's there for you. She's the backbone of our team. I don't think she gets a lot of recognition out of the starting five. She pulls the team together when things start to go bad. You see her on the court trying to get people together. She's positive and is always willing to work hard no matter what the circumstances are. I've known Renee since high school. We've trained together since I was a freshman and ended up going to college together. She pushes me to be a better player.'

How have you adjusted to your role of being the first or second player off the bench?
'It was hard for me at first coming from high school where you play all of the time to playing sometimes five minutes or sometimes 18 minutes. I've learned to embrace that role and am thankful for the gift that I've been given by basketball. So many times I overlook the gift that I have, and I'm consumed with myself in terms of playing time. God has me on this team for a reason, whether it's playing 10 minutes, 20 minutes, whatever it is. I just try to be as positive as I can be on the bench and on the court. I just try to embrace that. I really admire Emmelie (Geraedts) and Keanna (Levy) who don't get to play at all. I think about that. I'm thankful because I'm able to play. Keanna and Emmelie come out to practice every day just like I do. They give everything they have every single day just like I do, but I get the opportunity to play. When I get the opportunities that I get, I just want to go in and play as hard as I can, knowing that I might not be here tomorrow. I just want to lead on a positive note whenever I'm in and be thankful for what I have.'

What does it mean to you to be a member of the Cal team that ended 12 straight losing seasons?
'Now that you say it, I think it's incredible that we've ended that streak. Since I'm a sophomore, I've only experienced one losing season. It feels so much better to be winning games than losing games, from this year to last year. Honestly, I hadn't thought about it. We just try to take things game to game.'

What's the team's approach regarding the chance to play in the postseason this year?
'We definitely think about it. A few weeks ago with six or seven games left, Coach (Boyle) said, `Where do you want to be at the end of the season? Do you want to be sitting and watching (the NCAA Tournament) or playing?' It was our motto, but there was a lot of stress on us because we were thinking about the future so much, wanting to get into the NCAA Tournament. That was our team goal. Now that it's approaching really soon we all have it on our minds. We don't talk about it too much. Like Coach says, we go game to game. I definitely feel like we want more to our season then to see it end at the Pac-10 Tournament or with one game, if we get into the NCAAs. We want to do as well as we can. I definitely think it's on our minds.'