Q-and-A With Krista VandeVenter

Feb. 20, 2008

How meaningful was it to not only win in overtime at Minnesota last month, but to make two clutch baskets in front of family and friends?
“The Minnesota game was definitely a lot of fun and something I will always remember. Williams Arena is such a tough place to play, and I think we got out of there with a great team win.”

What are your favorite websites to surf?
“The only time I really surf the Internet is when I need to study, but I don’t really feel like it. I can think of so many things on the Internet I `need’ to look at when I know I have something more important I should be doing. As much as I hate to admit it, Facebook is probably the main reason I am so good at procrastinating. There is always something new to look at and it is a good way to keep in touch with all my friends.”

Brent Balbinot challenged you to an “eat off” after the season at Kaji… what are his chances?
“Brent talks a big game, but I don’t think he can back it up. In fact, I know his stomach isn’t what is used to be. He has lost some weight, and I know that doesn’t happen without some serious stomach shrinkage. Also, Kaji is one of my favorite restaurants, so bring it on, Brent!”

What has been your most embarrassing moment since your freshman year?
“One time, I think it was during my sophomore year, we had a game on the road and were staying at a hotel. Sometimes if we have shootaround early in the morning, we don’t always eat breakfast before. Well, for some reason, I thought breakfast that (really early) morning was optional, so I opted to sleep a little longer instead of eat breakfast. When I got on the bus to go to shootaround, I found out that breakfast was not optional, but in fact very mandatory. Coach Bluder let me, and everyone else, know for most of the ride how mandatory it actually was.”

What celebrity would you like to have dinner with?
“I would like to have dinner with Kevin Garnett because I grew up watching him play for the Timberwolves, and I have always been a big fan. I would like to tell him to shave off his little beard thing because he looked a lot better without it.”

What genre TV show do you enjoy most?
“Whenever I turn on the TV, I always go to the Food Network first. I’m not very good at cooking, but I like to see all the different stuff they make. If I’m not watching the Food Network, I am probably watching MTV. I like to watch The Real World and all the different Real World/Road Rules challenge shows.”

What is your most prized possession?
“This one is probably a tie between my bed and my digital camera. I think my bed is the best thing in the world, and I get excited to get in it after a really long day. I also love my digital camera. My last computer got a virus and I lost all my pictures from college. I’m still bummed about that because I had some pretty funny ones, but now I get to start all over with my new camera.”

If you could speak another language, which would it be?
“I would have to say Sign Language. I already know a lot of it, but I think it would be cool to be fluent. I have taken four semesters of Sign Language, and they are the most fun classes ever. Last semester we had to sign the lyrics of a song in front of the class, and I wore a fat suit and while I performed the song `Big Girl’ (and, no, you can’t see the tape of it!)”

If you could have any job, what would it be?
“I think a cool job would to be a food critic. What could be better that getting paid to try a bunch of new food and write about it? I need to find out how to get a job like that!”

Of the trips you have taken with the basketball team, which one(s) were your favorite?
“I think our trip to Greece topped them all. We saw some really cool stuff over there, and not many people can say they’ve seen the Acropolis lit up at night from the roof of their hotel. The cruise to the islands and spending our last day in my definition of paradise was right up my alley.”