Inside Wyoming Women's Basketball with Rachelle Tucker

Oct. 30, 2015


Q: What aspect of playing Division I basketball for the University of Wyoming are you most excited about?
A: In terms of playing basketball at the University of Wyoming, I am most excited for the atmosphere of game days. I come from a small town of 1,700 people, so playing in front of a crowd of 3,000 Wyoming fans will be quite exciting.

Q: How would you describe your game, and what have you been working on the most to improve your game in the offseason?
A: I would describe myself as an athletic forward that can finish with either hand at the rim. I am aggressive on both the offensive and defensive boards for rebounds. On defense, I can protect the basket and block many of my opponents’ shots. In the offseason, I worked on extending my shooting range and working on a quick first step when driving to the basket.

Q: Who has motivated you the most in your basketball career?
A: My family has been my biggest motivators for my basketball career. Whether it was playing HORSE in the backyard against my mom, dad, and sister, or just all of them cheering me on in the stands during games, they all supported me while I played the sport I loved. Not only did they push me to improve my game, but they also acknowledged my successes. All of these aspects of their support motivated me to continue on my basketball career at the University of Wyoming.

Q: If you could meet any basketball player, past or present, who would it be and why?
A: I would meet Jordan Hooper. She was a forward who was from Nebraska and played for the Huskers many years ago, and I always dreamt of playing just like her someday. She was tough, strong, and just loved the game of basketball; she motivated me to keep on improving, so I could one day play division one basketball just like she did.

Q: What are some of your superstitions or rituals you do before a basketball game?
A: Before games, I always make sure my hair is just the way I want it to be. Although I know that it will get messed up and full of sweat by the time the game is over, I take extra time to make sure it perfect. Also, I spend my last few minutes in the locker room mentally preparing me for the game ahead. Typically, I am just telling myself motivational sayings and visualizing myself finishing my shots and playing solid defense. Overall, these mental preparation allows me to stay focused.