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If You Really Knew Her... Senior Nikki Newman
Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:10/04/2012
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Nikki Newman is a senior guard/forward from Harrisonburg, Va., majoring in interdisciplinary liberal studies.

Q:
What was your favorite childhood cartoon to watch growing up?
NN:
I don't remember watching cartoons... I watched a lot of Disney movies!!!

Q:
Which animated character does coach Brooks remind you of?
NN:
The little kid from "The Boondocks"... Riley Freeman (that's what Tim Clark said)

Q:
Who is the worst singer on the team?
NN:
Toia (Giggetts) is pretty bad...

Q:
What makes JMU unique from other schools?
NN:
Everyone is very personable and welcoming.  The atmosphere around JMU is great and it just feels like "home."

Q:
How would your teammates describe the way you dress?
NN:
Relaxed! I like to be comfortable when I go out.

Q:
Who's the funniest person on the team?
NN:
Everyone has their funny moments... but Kirby (Burkholder) takes the cake!

Q:
Which school in the CAA has the toughest environment to play in?
NN:
JMU... DUH! We have the best fans around. I don't know why anyone would want to come play here.

Q:
What's the biggest life lesson you've learned from coach Brooks?
NN:
The list goes on and on...  He has definitely helped me become the person I am today.  You can go to him and talk about anything and he will normally have something positive or real to say to you!

Q:
What would you say to someone who's considering coming to JMU?
NN:
You will love it! It is a home away from home and you will definitely enjoy your time here.

Q:
What are you going to miss most about JMU?
NN:
Everything... I don't know why anyone would ever want to leave here. I wish I had four more years. It's great to be around people who care about you and want the best for you every single day.

Q:
How would you describe JMU's coaching staff?
NN:
The best! They are always there when you need them no matter what it is.  A shoulder to cry on, someone to laugh with, having serious talks. Anything you need. They are willing to do what they can to make it happen!

Q:
Describe how it felt to play in the WNIT and make it to the WNIT championship game last season.
NN:
I don't think words can describe the feeling.  From the beginning, WNIT was like a completely new season and everyone had the same mindset. It was a lot of fun and I think I could speak for everyone when saying that. To accomplish the things that we did in that run and to see the amount of support we had was awesome!

Q:
What was the best movie you saw last and why?
NN:
"The Dark Knight Returns"... I loved it!

Q:
What is your funniest Coach Brooks moment?
NN:
Probably when he makes up words... and even when he knows it's not a word, he won't admit that he is wrong. :)

Q:
What is your team goal for this season?
NN:
GET IT BACK!

Q:
What do you love most about basketball?
NN:
I simply love playing. It's fun for me to get out on the court with a group of people who love basketball and who are always there to support one another. It's not only about playing for me. I play for my teammates, coaches, family, friends, fans, the list goes on...

Q:
If you could be any animal, what would it be?
NN:
Any animal that doesn't have a good chance of getting killed... because I love life.

Q:
What makes our pep band the best in the CAA?
NN:
They are awesome and you can tell that they love us! They play good music... they get us pumped up for games... other teams aren't exactly a fan of them... what more could you ask for?! We love them!

 

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