Jan. 22, 2001
"Singing and basketball are my two favorite things to do," said Becky Staubes, a senior forward from San Diego.
For Staubes, she has the best of both worlds and is enjoying every ounce of it.
Staubes is in her second year as a member of the California women's basketball team. She transferred to Berkeley from Mesa Community College where she led her team to two conference championships and was selected to the all-conference first team twice.
As a junior, Staubes saw little time on the court, averaging just 7.3 minutes-per-game and 1.6 points-per-game.
During the off-season, Staubes saw her chance with new coach Caren Horstmeyer coming on board to earn a starting spot in the lineup.
"I did the conditioning," said the 5-10 guard/forward. "I did the workouts that we were supposed to do. I also played a lot of pick-up games with the fellows. I went to the weight room, and I was running a mile to two miles a day. I've never done that before, and I felt in good shape coming into the start of practice."
The hard work has paid off thus far. Staubes has played in all 14 games in the 2000-01 season and has found her name in the starting lineup 13 times, after starting in only two games all of last season. She is averaging 5.3 ppg and shooting 57.1 percent from behind the arc. Her 27 assists are second only to fellow senior Courtney Johnson's 35.
With a career-high 14 points in a 66-64 win over San Jose State and a career-high seven assists against Fairfield, people are taking notice of the improvements that Staubes has made.
"Becky has shown great improvement from the ability to score after not having had a lot of experience in the past," said Horstmeyer. "I think that she is a rock to our team. She's always there with her enthusiasm, her smile and her hard work."
For Staubes, facing off against a team like Stanford on the court and putting up the kind of numbers that she is familiar with doing, is similar to performing the National Anthem in front of thousands of people at a sporting event.
"I make sure my voice is warmed up, and try not to be nervous," notes Staubes. "Someone told me that if you know your stuff, then you have nothing to worry about. In a game, you know your opponent, and you know as much as you can about them. You shouldn't be afraid at all. The same with the National Anthem, I've sung it so many times, I know it."
Staubes, who was born in New York, can remember singing as far as her memory can take her. Her parents may have given her the inspiration to begin singing.
"My mom (Leslie Green) and dad (Eric Staubes) are both singers," recalls Staubes. "My mom used to sing at nightclubs in Puerto Rico where we lived from when I was three until I was eight. My mom and dad also used to have a musical group together."
Not only can Staubes play basketball and sing, but she also has a passion for acting. In grade school, Staubes was a member of FAME (Fine Arts and Magnet Education). In church, she put her acting skills to the test, playing the Virgin Mary in a church play, while her mother played along side her as Mary's mother. After earning a liberal arts degree from Mesa CC, she is pursuing a dramatic arts degree at Cal.
With all of the hats that Staubes possesses, there is no telling where her path will lead her after this season. Adding to her list of interests includes a possible modeling career.
"It's really hard to say," said Staubes about where she might be in a year from now. "There's been four things in my life that I've always wanted to be. If I could get into one of them, it would be easier to get into the other three. Those are singing, acting, modeling and playing basketball. I would love to be able to do something like Lisa Leslie does, (center for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA) who, not only is a basketball player, but also does modeling on the side."
As most college seniors struggle with a career choice, Staubes appears to have her head pointed in the right direction, and because of this, success is sure to come. For now, the objective is to take one game at a time, starting with the Stanford Cardinal, and then proceed with the remaining list of Pac-10 opponents. It appears that Staubes can conquer any mountain in her path and as long as she "warms up," the sky is the limit for the senior co-captain from San Diego.