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!