WILSON ON WICKS: "Nicole is the epitome of the word intensity. She is such a competitor.
"Nicole is another player who has the opportunity to realize a dream. She came in here as a walk-on, and has improved every day since. Nicole has such a deep appreciation for this game -- and the opportunity to play this game at this level. She has a phenomenal arm, is extremely strong, has the capability to hit for power, and has become one of the best base runners on this team. Nicole has made the transition from shortstop to second base this season, and has done a great job. I look for some real surprises from this young lady before her career is complete."
AT WASHINGTON: Looks to see starting time at second base, after shifting over from shortstop ... an improved hitter, who also boasts good range on defense ... quick on the base-paths.
AS A FRESHMAN (2001): One of the team's primary pinch runners ... saw playing time in 19 games, scoring six runs ... started twice at designated player, but did not record any at-bats ... made first collegiate appearance in the team's season-opener against Louisiana State, scoring a run ... also scored a run against New Mexico State (2/9), Oregon State (4/22) and Portland State (4/24) ... played in the field at shortstop in the team's 11-0 win over Texas on March 10 ... scored the game-winning run against Oregon on April 20, pinch running for classmate Tia Bollinger, and scoring on Kelly Hauxhurst's single ... first collegiate at-bat against Oregon on May 5 ... made good on her first career postseason appearance versus Oklahoma on May 19, avoiding the tag at the plate and scoring a run on Becky Simpson's RBI single to give the team a 2-0 lead.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year star at Hazen High School, garnering four letters ... named the Seamount League most valuable player as a junior and senior, earning first-team all-conference honors both years ... a honorable mention all-league pick as a freshman and sophomore ... helped Hazen to a pair of league titles as well as a seventh-place finish her senior season at the state tournament ... a three-sport athlete at Hazen, who also earned four letters in soccer and three in basketball ... first team all-league as a junior and senior in soccer ... played summer ball most recently for the Kitsap County Braves, placing 25th at the 2000 American Fastpitch Association (AFA) Nationals in Texas ... also played from 1996-99 with the Southend Rebels.
PERSONAL: An astronomy and engineering major ... enjoys basketball, soccer and watching professional baseball ... parents are Debbie and Rodger Wicks ... has one sister, Kristin, 16 ... father Rodger and grandfather Wayne Wicks attended UW ... Nicole Brianne Wicks was born March 26, 1982, in Seattle, Wash.
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