March 4, 2010
SEATTLE - Christina Rozier touched down in Seattle from the furthest possible point in the United States - Miami. Despite the incredible distance from her hometown, the junior college transfer assimilated into the fabric of the team and has provided senior leadership and toughness as a reserve point guard, most notably the fearless manner she'll attack the hoop on offense. Nicknamed "Miami" (for obvious reasons), Rozier will play in her final two home games this weekend against Oregon State and Oregon. Her family will also be in attendance, making the long trip from South Florida in support. This week, Rozier talked with GoHuskies.com correspondent Jerome Johnson about playing D-I basketball, making the adjustment from Miami to Seattle and her talents as a musician.
GoHuskies.com: How does it feel to be coming up on your last home game?
Christina Rozier: It feels great. I feel like I've had a great opportunity since being in college is a great experience. Most of all, I will probably be very emotional because it is my last college game. When you think you are just a freshmen and now you are a senior and out into the real world. It is going to be happy, emotional just going out there to play.
GH: Can you talk about your experience [at Washington] on and off the court?
CR: My experience here on the court has been great. Being here for two years and transferring from a junior college and getting the opportunity to play at a Division I college on the West Coast, first time being on the west coast. It was a great experience on the court, meeting new people. Getting active with my teammates and playing each game with our hearts out. I appreciate all the coaching staff. They are really great. My experience off the court has really been good, such as traveling around the west coast visiting new places, eating new foods, hanging out and going places I have never been before since I am from the east coast. It has just been great.
GH: What is your most memorable moment at Washington?
CR: Meeting Sheryl Swoopes in person because I have always admired her growing up and watching her on TV. When I heard she was in Seattle and I finally met her, it was a dream come true.
GH: What kind of advice did she give you?
CR: Work hard, have a good season and to never give up on your dreams.
GH: What are your going to miss most about playing here?
CR: I will miss the fans. I can say the fans were really great and they stick with us since I've been here my whole two years even with our ups and downs and our record situation. I will miss the fans the most because they always supported us no matter what.
GH: After basketball, what would you like to do?
CR: After basketball I would like to open and own my own YMCA gym helping out less fortunate kids as well as becoming a teacher. After I graduate here I am looking forward to still playing basketball for a couple more years?
GH: What do you do differently in Seattle as opposed to Miami?
CR: I kind of lay back. Here [Seattle] I just chill. Compared to being at home [in Miami] I am always going out. I am always with my friends that I grew up with and also being with family, especially on holidays.
GH: Have you gotten used to the weather?
CR: No I haven't gotten used to the weather yet. I have been in cold weather since my freshmen year in college, but I am still a Miami heat person. I just love heat. The weather is not too bad. It does not keep me in when it's cold. It's Seattle, it is a nice place.
GH: If you could do this whole experience again and you didn't play basketball, what other sport do you think you would play?
CR: I enjoyed playing volleyball a lot. I played it in high school and I was kind of pretty good at it. I think I would've played volleyball or be in the band. I love playing the saxophone as well. I played saxophone in middle school and high school.