Jan. 6, 2004
BERKELEY, Calif. - Senior guard Nihan Anaz has led the improved Cal women's basketball team to a 9-4 record (2-2 Pac-10) by scoring a team-high 17 points per game. The Istanbul, Turkey, product, who scored a career-high 30 points in last Sunday's 85-71 win over Washington State, ranks fifth in the conference in scoring average and in field-goal percentage (51.5).
Q) What do you attribute your personal improvement - after averaging 10.1 ppg last season - to this year?
"I am shooting a lot compared to last year. This summer I worked hard in Turkey. I've been shooting more and maybe I feel more confident."
Q) What do you attribute the team's improvement to this year?
"When I came back from Turkey, I saw the whole attitude was changed from my team. They worked hard here, I know, when I was gone for the summer. Their attitude was changed and they were working hard, so that's why we have a good team right now."
Q) Is the new offense a lot more fun for you?
"Yes. There are too many options, and I play two different spots. I play forward and guard. That gives me more options. It's really fun. You're running one offense with different options. It's really good."
Q) How did you spend the holidays?
"I just went to my friend's house. We don't really celebrate Christmas. We just celebrate New Year's. On Christmas Day, we came back. We had practice."
Q) When was the last time you saw your family?
"This last summer. I went to Turkey at the end of May and I stayed till the end of August."
Q) How do you communicate with your family?
"By phone and Internet. I am online a lot. I talk to my brother almost everyday and my father almost every other day [and] with my mom on the phone. [I'm] on the phone [to her mother], once or twice a week."
Q) When will you see your family again?
"My mom will visit me in a month. She's going to come here. I am planning to go at the end of May for sure."
Q) Has your mom ever seen you play college ball?
"No. My brother did, though."