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Andrea Walker Q-A

Junior Andrea Walker is enjoying a productive season off the bench in 2009. After battling a foot injury last season, she is averaging 5.1 points and 3.5 rebounds a game. The 6-5 center also has 17 blocks for the season – proving her strong defensive presence on the court. This season, Walker has made it a point to work on her offensive game and running the floor better.

Walker started her career at Ohio State as a backup center to three-time All-American Jessica Davenport. She played in 31-of-32 games her freshman season, adding 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds a game.

In her sophomore season, Walker garnered impressive statistics with 17 blocks and shot just under 50 percent, after being limited to 20 games because of her injury.

The cool, calm and collected Pittsburgh, Pa., native talks about what she misses about her hometown, what she loves most about basketball and pre-game rituals.

Q: What do you love most about basketball?
A: “I love being able to work together with my team. When we’re playing together and winning games, it’s just fun to know you did it as a team. It’s fun being able to work together and play together.”

Q: Why did you choose to come to Ohio State?
A: “The University of Pittsburgh also was recruiting me, but I came to Ohio State because I really liked the campus, the coaches and the team. I liked the Ohio State environment.”

Q: What is your favorite place on campus?
A: “My favorite place on campus is hanging out at the dorms with all my teammates.”

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not playing basketball?
A: “I enjoy hanging out with my teammates, sleeping, shopping and watching movies.”

Q: What do you miss most about Pittsburgh?
A: “I miss the (Pittsburgh) Steelers’ parties. We would have Steelers parties for all the games, eat food and have a good time. I miss that … especially now with the team playing in the Super Bowl.”

Q: Who is your biggest influence?
A: “My parents – specifically my mom because she has always been there for me. She has always supported the choices that I’ve made.”

Q: If you did not play basketball, what other sport would you play?
A: “I threw in high school on the track and field team, but if not I’d like to be a cheerleader. I would want to be one that does stunts and is held in the air, but I’m too tall for that.”

Q: What do you do to prepare before a game?
A: “Besides film and going over plays in practice, I like to relax and have fun. We listen to music and dance, so I don’t get stressed out. We like to dance. We’re usually listening to rap, but it’s dance music that will get you pumped.”