Q-and-A With Kristi Smith

Dec. 18, 2007

What has been your most embarrassing moment since your freshman year?
“There are quite a few stories I could share with you, but there is one `incident’ in particular that I will never forget. It was my freshman year and Niner and I were riding doubles on her moped and we got into a little accident. Niner flipped over the handle bars and I tumbled off to the right. I’m not going to tell the whole story but that was the event that led up to my most embarrassing moment.”

What are your favorite websites to surf?
“Facebook is definitely one of my favorites, but lately I’ve found myself wasting a lot of my free time watching videos on Youtube.”

How would you describe yourself on the court? Off the court?
“On the court I’m very competitive and when I get that sly grin on my face that means it’s time to do work. Off the court I’m pretty laid back and I love laughing at the little things like when Abby trips over her feet in practice or when somebody makes a funny joke.”

If you weren’t playing basketball, what other sport would you want to be a star in?
“I would play soccer. I used to play competitively when I was younger and I had a great experience traveling all over the place playing teams from different states. And now that soccer is starting to become more of a popular sport I think it would be fun to start playing again.”

What was your first job as a child and did you like it? Did you have any bad jobs you didn’t like growing up?
“My first job as a child was cleaning my bathroom, and like most kids, I hated it. Probably because my mom was wise to all of my tricks and I would always end up cleaning it twice because I didn’t do it good enough the first time. The only other job I’ve ever had was putting on seatbacks at Kinnick a couple of summers ago and that was pretty boring, but Wendy was kind enough to provide me with a few good laughs along the way.”

If you could trade places for a day with anyone, who would it be and why?
“Jessica Biel because not only is she a good actress, but she is also dating Justin Timberlake. It would be amazing to say that I was Justin Timberlake’s girlfriend for a day.”

Where is your favorite place to eat in Iowa City?
“I have too many favorites I couldn’t possibly pick just one. My top three would have to be Sam’s Pizza, Taco Bell, and Chipolte.” Do you have any hobbies, and/or what do you like to do in your spare time? “I’m an active person so I like anything that will get my adrenaline flowing. I also enjoy being lazy and just hanging around with my friends.”

What is your favorite holiday movie and/or song?
“That’s easy. NSYNC’s Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

How awesome was it being able to play your first NCAA Tournament game in your hometown your freshman year?
“It was pretty cool because I got to see my family and friends. I will never forget Ebone Pope’s reaction. She had never been to Colorado and she was disappointed when we got to Denver because she was expecting the mountains to be right in the middle of the city. That definitely made me chuckle a little bit.”