Ten Questions With Kristi Smith

Feb. 19, 2007

What is your biggest pet peeve?
“I have quite a few pet peeves, but one of the most annoying things in the world is laying in bed thinking about how good a soft chocolate chip cookie and a cold glass of milk would taste. And then forcing myself to walk to the kitchen only to find out that the milk is gone and I don’t have any cookies.”

What’s the craziest/weirdest thing you’ve heard opposing fans yell when heckling you or a teammate?
“Last year at Illinois the fans were calling us names from Scooby Doo, and I’m not going to lie, I thought it was pretty funny. Megan stared as the main character Scooby Doo, I played `Scrappy Doo’ and Abby had a break out performance as `Shaggy’, but we couldn’t figure out why they were calling her Shaggy. If anyone has any suggestions let me know.”

Do you have any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
“I don’t like to get too superstitious because at some point it just gets too stressful to trying to remember everything. Before every game I’ll take a shower after pre-game meal, which doesn’t make a whole lot of sense because I’m just going to get sweaty anyways. And I’ll listen to a few tunes on my iPod to pump me up and that’s about it.”

Who makes you laugh the most on the team?
“I think laughing is the greatest thing since sliced bread, I love it. And honestly everyone on the team can get me to belt out a loud laugh. But, if I had to pick I would say that Abby and Niner make me laugh the most. Abby doesn’t even have to say anything funny and I’ll still think she’s hilarious and Niner is just plain crazy, which is probably why I laugh at her so much.”

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
“Food is my biggest guilty pleasure, especially Girl Scout cookies. I’m pretty confident I could eat about a million boxes of those Carmel Delights. They are heaven in the form of a cookie! I also like to eat a lot of hot dogs. Sometimes I’ll spice things up and make chili cheese dogs, which make me feel extra guilty.”

What part of your basketball game do you feel has improved the most from last year?
“I learned a lot from Crystal last year and I remember how she could slice through the defense so easily. So over the summer I really worked on driving to the basket aggressively. I also think I’m a little bit more talkative — I wouldn’t say I’m a chatterbox just yet, but I’m getting there.”

Where would you travel for your dream vacation and why?
“Any place with a beach. I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii and learn how to surf. I bet the shopping is amazing, which could be a good thing or a bad thing, I’m not quite sure. But right now, I would settle for anyplace that’s sunny and has temperatures above 30 degrees.”

What do you enjoy most about the road trips?
“My favorite thing about road trips is the fact that I will never run out of food to eat. We eat at nice restaurants everywhere we go, and I love eating at places I’ve never been before. I also enjoy the random conversations we have, which usually leads to me or someone else laughing uncontrollably.”

What is something few people know about you?
“In elementary school I was a member of the chess club. I don’t know how or why I started playing chess, but I was pretty good. I came in third place in the school tournament, and I even got a trophy to prove it.”

What are your hobbies?
“Eating, sleeping, shopping, hanging out with friends and watching movies.”