Ten Questions With Johanna Solverson

Feb. 25, 2007

How difficult was it being a leader from the bench again this season?
“It’s always difficult for me, because I’ve always been more of a example leader by the way I play, rather then a verbal leader. I believe sitting out for the past two years has made me more confident in my leadership by being able to be more vocal.”

When you were growing up, who did you pretend to be while shooting hoops in your driveway?
“My older brother, because I looked up to him and he taught me how to play the game of basketball.”

If granted a sixth-year, how excited are you to play with the current group of players?
“It will be exciting to actually get to play with everyone, I’ve been around them all for two years now, but have never gotten the chance to wear a uniform with them.”

Which player or coach has the best one-liners?
“Abby has the best comments on the team and I don’t even know if she means it sometimes, actually I know she doesn’t mean it but she is very good at playing it off.”

Do you have any guilty pleasures?
“Every time I go grocery shopping, I tend to get a huge container of their bean dip that they make, and a huge bag of chips, and the sad thing is I can finish it all in one sitting, it’s that good. Otherwise, I have a guilty pleasure of candy, any type of chocolate I love — I try to limit myself, though.”

Do you collect anything?
“I collect cards that people give me for holidays, birthdays, and any other reason I would get one. I do not have a reason for keeping them; it’s just one of those habits that I have and never stopped. I think that people take the time to send them and write something in them, then why not keep them?”

Do you have any phobias, if so which one(s)?
“I don’t know what kind of phobia this would be but I am extremely scared of snakes, whether they are real, fake, on television, the thought of them scare me. But most of all, I cannot stand needles, I am horrified of needles, I admit it, I cry hysterically when I have to get poked at all.”

What is the most bizarre food you have ever eaten?
“When I was in Florida I went to a Japanese restaurant and my brother and I decided to try jelly fish, which is not normally on a menu, so we decided to try it. It was extremely chewy and I would most likely never try it again.”

What is you favorite season and why?
“My favorite season would have to be the summer, because I know I’m going down to Florida to see my mother and brother, and get to spend time on the beach. Also, the fact that I don’t have any homework to worry about and get to relax and have time on my hands to do whatever I would like.”

What is something few people know about you?
“I have never had a job in my entire life, and I don’t consider working basketball camp technically a job. My goal this summer is to get my first job, so I don’t go into the real world jobless.”