Q-and-A with Johanna Solverson

Nov. 18, 2004

hawkeyesports.com visited recently with junior forward Johanna Solverson from Lake Zurich, IL. Here’s a piece of that conversation.

The season officially tips off this weekend. What are your personal and team goals this year?
“My personal goal is to be able to read all my teammates on the court. As a team, our goal is to reach the NCAA Tournament and make some noise.”

What excites you the most about the team’s trip to the Bahamas next week?
“To get out of Iowa City for a little bit, and start bonding with my teammates. I also want to get my hair braided.”

Which TV Show (past or present) is your guiltiest pleasure and why?
“Roseanne. I enjoy watching all of their smart-aleck comments to each other.”

When you were little what did you pretend to be?
“My older brother Thor, because he was and is still my idol.”

What song would you sing at a karaoke contest to dazzle the crowd?
“I’ll leave that one to Tiffany and Jamie, they are the ones with the good voices.”

Who makes you laugh the most on the team?
“Tiffany. I’ve never meet someone who talks so much with their hands during a story.”

What is your most embarrassing moment while with the Hawkeyes?
“Tripping over Crystal’s feet in warm-ups at Purdue, and flew out underneath the basketball.”

Who is the most difficult player you have ever played against in college (past or present)?
“Shereka Wright (Purdue). She is the only person I know to average thirty points without shooting a 3-pointer.”

What is your favorite thing about Chicago?
“Gene and Judes, the best hotdog stand around.”

How have you changed, both as a person and a player, since your first day at Iowa?
“I learned how to concentrate on what’s important, and with a smile on my face.”

What do you like most about the road trips?
“The bus rides, because that’s where the team and I bond the most.”

You mention in the media guide that you met Bob Barker. Where and when did you meet him?
“I met him at `The Rosie O’Donnell Show’ in his dressing room in New York City.”

What genre of movies do you prefer to watch: comedies or dramas?
“Comedies, like `The Big Lebowski’. They cheer me up and put me in a good mood.”