Nov. 26, 2009
With the Thanksgiving holiday on the horizon, the Washington women's basketball team is preparing for the Husky Classic this weekend, with games against Eastern Washington and Sacramento State. Despite getting ready for a full slate weekend, the Huskies took time before practice to talk all things Thanksgiving with GoHuskies.com correspondent Michael Jeremiah. Washington Coach Tia Jackson spoke at her press conference about the opportunity to reflect this Thursday on the loss of a close mentor and spend time with family.
GoHuskies.com: What does the Thanksgiving holiday mean to you and what are your plans?
Coach Jackson: "It's an opportunity. One of the people that I have really embraced and given a lot of credit to my success is my high school coach. There are three people I always talk about, my high school coach, my mother and Vivian Stringer. Just two weeks ago my high school coach passed away from lymphoma. One of the things, if nothing else this year, is to give a tremendous thanks to her for all that she has done and attribute my efforts this year to all the things that she has done for me. Forgive my emotional state here. More than anything, I'll be spending some time with some friends and seeing my [extended] family next week and we'll spend it together in Florida."
After the press conference, Husky players were given the opportunity to reminisce about family traditions and of course talk about their personal favorite dish of the Thanksgiving spread.
GoHuskies.com: What's your favorite Thanksgiving food?
Mackenzie Argens: "Oh, probably potatoes and gravy. Those are good. "
Sami Whitcomb: "Stuffing... I love stuffing."
Christina Rozier: "I don't have a favorite food (laughs). I like it all."
Sara Mosiman: "I would have to say the dark meat of the turkey. No one in my family likes to eat it. They like the white meat, so it's all to myself. I love that and of course the leftovers the next day."
Regina Rogers: "The greens. My mom makes them."
GoHuskies.com: Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions or a favorite memory?
Mackenzie Argens: "We go over to the grandparent's house and the whole family from out of town comes over. Depending on the year we trade off on whose side we are on. Just go with family and have a big dinner."
Sami Whitcomb: "Just family and lots of food. I always had a shoot around with my team later that night. That was always fun. We were always way too full and felt sick, but it was a tradition and was a lot of fun."
Christina Rozier: "Just being with my family and seeing people that we don't see that often. A big part is just being with them and having fun, sharing memories, laughing."
Sara Mosiman: "Last Thanksgiving, my boyfriend [Husky fullback Paul Homer] came and he is kind of big guy. He ate all the leftovers and we didn't get to have any! Everyone was pretty upset, so this year we got a whole ham, just for him."
Regina Rogers: "[I like] being with my family and watching movies. Everyone gets together and tells stories about when we were younger."
GoHuskies.com: It sounds like the team does a good job of giving the out-of-towners a place to go, but is it still hard to be away for the holiday?
Sami Whitcomb: It was a little odd at first being away my first year because we were away from like July till Christmas. That was weird because it was a long time. Thanksgiving and holidays, it's always great to be with the family. The team always does a really nice job, like the local girls with inviting people over to eat. Last year I went to the Morton's and the year before I was at the Augustavo's.
GoHuskies.com: As a local product, how nice is it to be able to go home for Thanksgiving?
Sara Mosiman: "It's clutch. There's nothing like going home. For Christmas and all the holidays, I am super blesses because I get to be here with my family. I'm one of the lucky ones."
Mackenzie Argens: "Since I'm local I still get to go home. Yeah we have practice but I still get to do it. It's the family, they get together to have fun, tell stories. And then of course the meal, my mom's a great cook."
Gohuskies.com: In terms of Husky Basketball, what are you thankful for this year?
Sami Whitcomb: "The team dynamic this year, all the girls and the relationships we have built, it's really special."
Sara Mosiman: "The chance to surprise people."
Amanda Johnson: "I'm just happy to have the great opportunity to be here freshman year."