Student-Athlete of the Week

Nov. 8, 2011

Laramie, Wyo. -

Athlete of the Week

Ashley Sickles

Since the team this year is fairly young, what it something about the Cowgirl Basketball team the fans might not know?
I would have to say that our team is pretty random. We have a lot of random moments of singing and dancing, although we may not be the best at either of them. It definitely brings our team together and overall we're just having fun.

What was the recruiting process like for you, and what was the deciding factor for you to come to UW?
I talked to several other schools about playing basketball, but I felt that Wyoming was the best fit for me. I loved the small town feel of Laramie and the support that women's basketball receives from all our fans.

Is there a game you are looking forward to more than others this year? If so, why that game?
I'm really looking forward to playing Northern Iowa this year when we go to the Loyola Marymount Tournament in California. There's a girl on their team that I played against throughout high school, so I'm looking forward to playing against her again in college.

Is there somewhere in particular you would like to teach after you graduate? If so, where and why that place?
I would love to go back to Iowa and teach. There is just something about Iowa that I love and can't wait to go back to, and all of my family is there too.

If you had the chance to play a game with any professional basketball players, what four players would you choose to be on your team?
To be honest I really don't watch too much basketball, professional or college. If I'm watching a sport on T.V. it's usually baseball, I'm a huge fan of the Minnesota Twins.

What has been your favorite memory of Cowgirl Basketball?
Making it to the third round of the WNIT last season was an awesome experience; our fans are amazing and made the game even more memorable with how into the game they were.

What is your favorite/least favorite practice drill?
My favorite drill would have to be full court shooting. In the drill we have to reach a certain number of points, usually 115 in three minutes and if we don't reach our goal we do it again. My least favorite drill would be the five player weave, because when you only have ten players it seems like you never get a long enough break.

What three things do you never leave the house without?
I definitely can't leave the house with out my phone or my keys. I usually have my IPod with me too.

With it being winter, have you ever been a victim to the ice on campus?
Thankfully I haven't fallen on the ice yet on campus, I try to walk extra slow so I don't make a complete fool of myself, but it will probably happen sooner or later.

What is your hometown of Cresco, Iowa like?
Cresco is pretty small, about 4,000 people. We have a bowling alley and a movie theater, which are about the only two things you can do in town. It's definitely one of those small towns where everyone knows everyone.

Who has been your favorite Cowgirl to guard during practice? Why?
I would have to say Hillary Carlson. She was a great player, and I was able to learn a lot from guarding her in practice.

You suffered a knee injury your sophomore season, what did you have to do to get over that obstacle mentally and physically to come back just as strong?
Mentally, I told myself that I couldn't feel sorry for myself and that I was just going to have to do everything I could to get better and stronger than I was before I hurt my knee. Physically, the rehab was a lot of work and there were some days that were just horrible, but I made sure to push myself so I could recover.

In high school you also played softball as well as competed in track and field, what made you choose to continue your basketball career?
Basketball has been the sport that has been in my life for a long time, and it has been something that I have always enjoyed. I love that basketball is really a team sport too, both softball and track are team sports too, but there are a lot of individual aspects to those sports as well.