What has been the biggest adjustment in moving from Milwaukee to Laramie?
I would say that the biggest adjustment for me would have to be the school work. The transfer from high school to college was a little hard because the teachers in high school were always on the student telling them "Don't forget next week your paper is due." Instead the teachers in college could care less whether the paper gets in or not. They just grade and whether you turn in the paper or not. I adjusted to the weather easy because it is cold and snowy in Milwaukee; only thing here that is different back home is the wind blows a lot more than I thought.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy spending time with my teammates off the court. We play the Just Dance game on the Wii and go bowling and to the movies a lot. I also enjoy reading books on romance and sports.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Pre-Game rituals I would say that the only one I still do from middle school is pray before the game as they are singing or playing the national anthem. I bow my head and pray and when I am done I look up at the flag. This is the only ritual I have kept beside the music that I listen to but I listen to different songs now.
What nickname do you have and how did you get it?
My teammates call me "Chelly," I got this nickname from Ashley because she did not want to call me C2 because we all call Chaundra C. So, they all call me Chelly. As far as the rest of my family and nicknames I have so many I do not even know them all but here are a few "Chana, Che-Che, Lon and Poodie." These are the ones I hear the most.
Why do you wear #23 on your jersey?
I picked the number twenty three because the number I planned on wearing was already taken (#10). So, I picked twenty three because my favorite players wear twenty three which are LeBron James and Michael Jordan.
What would the fans be surprised to know about you?
I think that the fans would be surprise to know that I can sing.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years I either see myself overseas playing and living or back home helping my community working as a coach giving back to where I came from.
What sport do you enjoy watching the most?
I love watching basketball the most but I watch almost every sport except golf and hockey.
What is your favorite basketball team?
My favorite basketball team is my team The Wyoming Cowgirls. My next favorite team would have to be the Miami Heat.
Do you find it hard to balance your basketball schedule and school?
In the beginning I found it hard my first year but I know I am doing better with managing my time and keeping up between practices, school work, games, and exams.
What has been your best memory so far at UW?
My best memory here so far was when I came here and made a visit with my mom and the assistant coaches were showing me around on campus and they told me to try and make an acorn in the mouth of the Dinosaur. It took me forever to make one in the mouth but I was not going to give up until I made it.
If you were to turn on your iPod, what song would be playing?
Most of the songs on my iPod are Hip-Hop and R&B music but if you would turn it on right now you would hear Drake, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Wale, and some Waka Flocka Flame.
Has it been hard to adjust to the college lifestyle?
My first year I did not know anything but my teammates helped me out and some of them are still helping me out trying to help me find my way. I lived on campus my first year but now I am in an apartment by myself adjusting still. The only thing I miss about the dorms is the cafeteria because now I have to cook for myself but it is not bad, just have to prepare my meals every day and night.
When did you start playing basketball?
I started playing basketball in the third grade on a boys' team. They did not have a girls' team when I started so I joined the boys' team. I was inspired to play ball by my father
Who is your role model?
My role model would have to be my mother. My mother is a very strong women and I hope that as I get older I can be half the women she is. She motivates me to stay in school and work hard at whatever I want to be in life. She tells me all the time "Dream baby...and when you Dream, Dream Big...and when you Dream Big...Dream that you've successfully achieved your Dreams." I believe this because my mother has never stopped dreaming, she is back in school, raising my three siblings, and working harder than anyone I know to make sure that their dreams are big and they achieve them as well.