Q-and-A with Elizabeth Nye, Mother McAuley basketball
January 7, 2013 9:52PM
Elizabeth Nye, of Mother McAuley. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun Times Media
Updated: February 9, 2013 6:10AM
Nye, 16, of Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community, is in her second year on the McAuley varsity team.
What’s your favorite part about playing the game?
Just being part of a team. Without everybody there you can’t survive.
How’d you get your number?
I always liked 13, but when I came to McAuley a senior had it. So I went with my birthday (May 22).
What is it like playing for Ashley Luke-Clanton?
Change is scary. Nothing was safe. Everyone had to work for their spots, but that made us a better team.
What about McAuley appeals to you?
Walking into the McAuley gym on a Marist game and seeing the crowd ... that’s home. It’s an awesome feeling.
What’s the first thing you look for when you meet someone?
I look for people to make me laugh.
If you were given a free ticket to sky dive, would you use it?
Oh, for sure. Sometimes risks are fun. If you’re not going to risk something you’ll never get rewards.
What’s the best and worst part about being 5-foot-4?
The worst part is, being short doesn’t exactly help in basketball. The best part is people underestimate you. They say, she’s short. She can’t be very good. It’s good to surprise.
What player from another school would you love as a teammate?
Brooke Wyderski, of Marist. Even though she doesn’t exactly go to my favorite school in the world, she’d be a good teammate.
What cartoon would you like to be a star in?
When I was little I wanted to be in “Rocket Power”. It was about skateboarding. I thought it was really cool.
When you look in the mirror, what does it tell you about yourself?
I’m just a regular kid.
As told to Tony Baranek