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Nicky Anosike on her Rookie Year

Posted at 7:04 PM on September 15, 2008 by David Zingler

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With the Twins in the thick of the pennant race and the Vikings playing their home opener yesterday, you probably didn't notice the Lynx closed out their 10th season with a 96-70 win over the Mystics in Washington. Although the team was unable to turn a 5-0 start into a playoff berth, the Lynx did show a six game improvement over the 2007 showing.

There are plenty of reasons for Lynx fans to be optimistic heading into 2009; Seimone Augustus and Candice Wiggins will return along with center Nicky Anosike, who showed tremendous potential during her solid rookie season. I caught up with the former Tennessee Volunteer late last week to discuss her inaugural pro campaign:

DZ: It's been an exciting year for you; you've won an NCAA title, been drafted and had a successful rookie year in the WNBA, has it set in yet?

ANOSIKE: It's definitely set in. I'd say I had a pretty good rookie season, but I wish we would have made it to the playoffs. That's the one downfall of the season. Other than that, I am pretty proud of myself. I don't think anybody expected me to being doing as well as I am. I am ready to come back and do a better job next year and hopefully get us to the playoffs.

DZ: You had a pretty unique experience this year, playing with Candace Parker in college and Candice Wiggins with the Lynx, talk a little about those two.

ANOSIKE: They are both great players, obviously Candace Parker is different because she plays in the post a lot - they both play two different positions. They are both committed to working hard and they both went top 5 (in the draft), so they are doing something right.

DZ: Will you endorse either one for Rookie of the Year or are you staying out of that?

ANOSIKE: You know, I don't really think about that. The main goal for us coming in was to make it to the playoffs and make it to the championship game - that was my main goal - obviously, we didn't make it. Whatever individual goals people set for themselves is their business, but I don't have anything to do with that - the Rookie of the Year.

DZ: You were a triple major (Criminal Justice, Political Science and Legal Studies) at Tennessee, how did you find time to play basketball and get all of those classes in?

ANOSIKE: I am just the type of person, I like to see how far I can go, how much I can push myself and I thought that was one way I could challenge myself. It was a challenge, but I did it so it must not have been that hard (laughs).

DZ: I read that you want to be a lawyer when you are done with basketball.

ANOSIKE: I don't know about being a lawyer but I know I am going to finish up my law degree and after that we'll see.

DZ: What do you think the team needs going into next year to reach the next level?

ANOSIKE: I am not sure. I definitely think we need more people to get in there and rebound and after that, I really don't know.

DZ: Is that what you take the most pride in - your energy and rebounding?

ANOSIKE: Yeah, that's really me. That's my personality, so I try to bring that into the game.

DZ: How about the WNBA offseason, are you playing in Europe?

ANOSIKE: Yep. I am going to Israel.

(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

See more of David Zingler's interviews with Lynx players:
August 30: Lindsey Harding
July 11: Seimone Augustus
July 3: Kristen Rasmussen
June 25: Candice Wiggins
June 11: Vanessa Hayden-Johnson
April 23: Noelle Quinn

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