From the U: Q&A with Senior Center Jessica Kielpinski
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  06/25/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

June 25, 2010

Many know her as "The Warrior," or as a familiar face in the Emergency Room. But to me, senior women's basketball player Jessica Kielpinski is like a sweet version of an older sister. Even though she says "coach", "bag" and "don't" differently, that North Dakota accent is just another reason to love her. She is one of only two seniors on our squad this season and no stranger to how things run at UNM. I got together with Jessica and asked her some questions so everyone could get to know her a little bit better. Enjoy!

What is your favorite thing about New Mexico?
The people, the weather and our fans! And I'm slowly getting used to the green chile, but let's not get carried away with that.

What is the one memorable moment over the past three years that sticks out the most?
After the conference tournament last year, Amy Beggin and I went to the grocery store together. I still had my broken nose and two huge black eyes from the TCU game. While we were checking out, the clerk asked us if we were UFC fighters. Classic mix-up!

Describe your daily summer routine...
I like to take my time in the mornings. I'm not really a morning person, so getting up is hard. But, there's nothing better than seeing my teammates' wonderful faces at 6:15 every morning! After workouts, I go home for breakfast and then take off to the community center, or go to camps when we have them. I have a Kinesiology class from 2-4 which I go to after completing my shooting workout. I either go back to the community center after class or go straight home for dinner and a good night's rest.

How do you think you've grown as a person at UNM?
Before, I didn't know how to cook or do laundry. The only thing I was good at was loading the dishwasher. But now it feels weird when I go home and my mom does everything for me because I've become so independent.

How does it feel to be a leader on the team?
It's sad. I don't want to be a senior because I don't want these four years to be over. But, at the same time, it's awesome. I really enjoy helping the underclassmen adapt to the college game and the style of play at New Mexico.

What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming season?
Winning! Things are going to be a lot different this year. We all have the same mentality to meet our team's full potential. We've been doing things a little bit differently this summer already and we hope to carry it over into our season.

Some of the adjustments we've made for the upcoming season are new team activities, lead by Jessica and senior Amanda Best. The entire team took a camping trip to the Jemez Mountains last weekend. We all roughed it in tents, enjoyed the cool river water and had a surprise water balloon fight. It was a fun trip but we were definitely in dire need of showers immediately upon arrival. To get a better look at the action, a photo album of our trip will be posted in next Friday's From the U.

My next blog will feature a recap of the Women's Basketball Camps and a photo album from our team camping trip. Make sure to keep checking GoLobos.com and look for my next update Friday.