Inside the minds of WNBA players

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Minnesota Lynx Guard Seimone Augustus

Despite the high expectations on her to perform as the first overall draft pick from the 2006 WNBA Draft, Lynx guard Seimone Augustus lived up to expectations en route to winning the Rookie of the Year Award. She scored more than 20 points per game, the first time a WNBA rookie accomplished that feat, was an All-Star and even won the Skills Challenge during the All-Star festivities in New York. Augustus, who already has U.S. National Team experience at the age of 23, remains cool under pressure and always seems to want the ball in her hands for the big shot. So what drives this rising star?

Q. What is your motivation when don't feel like working out, running that extra mile, or waking up early?
"I guess the thrill of knowing that I'm getting better individually in my performance area, playing basketball. It is what I love to do and it keeps me motivated."

Seimone Augustus, Minnesota Lynx
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Q. When did you first start playing the game?
"I was like five years old, and then ever since..."

Q. Who have been some of the major basketball and non-basketball influences in your life?
"My dad, he was a big part of getting me started, but mostly the USA Women's basketball team, the icons of the game."

Q. Was there a time in your career of playing basketball when you thought about giving up the game?
"I've always had this passion, I've never had a time when I wanted to give basketball up. I've always kept coming back to basketball, I mean I've played a lot of sports but I kept coming back to the roundball, so I've never had that feeling."

Q. What are some of the healthy snacks or good meals that you eat?
"I'm still eating the McDonalds on the road, I'm still trying to wean myself off of that and eat like Nutrigrain bars, and some more nutritious stuff."

Q. How often do you work out?
"During the WNBA season, I try to take it easy in the whirlwind season, but occasionally I'll lift some weights and stuff."