Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Q&A with Newcomer Erica Barnes
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 15, 2010
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Oct. 15, 2010

TUCSON - Freshman Erica Barnes was a two-time all-city selection at Sacramento High School. She was named team captain three years while also being named team MVP as a sophomore. She helped the Dragons to 23-10 record during junior season while averaging 14.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. Barnes tallied seven games with at least 20 points and scored in double figures in 29 of 33 contests including 24-straight games to finish the season. She posted personal-best 15 rebounds on three occasions, including back-to-back games in CIF playoffs against St. Mary's and Paradise. She recorded 19 double-doubles on the season and averaged 17.1 points and 8.9 rebounds as a sophomore for the 26-3 Dragons. Barnes scored career-high 33 points on 14-of-18 shooting while tallying 13 rebounds and 4 steals against Rosemont.

Q: What is the biggest adjustment from high school life to college life?

A: Being independent is a big adjustment. Also, everything is at a much faster and higher pace.

Q: Who is the person or people that have made the biggest impact on your playing career?

A: My father, Eric Barnes, and my coaches and trainers.

Q: What’s one thing your family wouldn’t let you leave home without?

A: My ID and my debit card (the important things). They also wouldn’t let me leave home without telling me how proud they are of me. That is something I will never forget.

Q: Is there a player you model your game after, professional or collegiate?

A: Lisa Leslie.

Q: What are your career aspirations post-basketball?

A: I hope I have a long career in collegiate and pro basketball. I plan on studying sport management and maybe opening my own business one day.

Q: Is there another sport, hobby or area that you excel at?

A: I’m very good at making people laugh, usually when they need it most. I love seeing people laugh and smile.

Q: Is there a song or artist you listen to pre-game to get pumped up?

A: Drake, Nicki Minaj and Chris Brown

Q: What’s your favorite home-cooked meal and by whom?

A: My mother’s broccoli casserole on the side of meat and corn bread.

Q: What’s one thing you miss most about your hometown?

A: My family and friends.

Q: What is one thing most people don’t know about?

A: I drink Lipton tea on a regular basis. Something I did at home, too.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

A: Praying before every game.

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