On the Road With...
Houstonís Dawn Staley

Few, if any women's basketball players have gotten to do and see as much as Comets guard Dawn Staley in the course of her storied career. Whether traveling country for the WNBA and college basketball seasons, playing overseas and representing the United States in top international tournaments such as the Olympics (three times!) and the World Championships. Nowadays, Staley pulls double duty as the coach of the women's program at Temple University in her hometown of Philadelphia, so the legend in the making doesn't have as much time for leisurely travel. Yet, she still manages to get around and stay focused on both careers at the same time.

Q. What are some countries you've gotten to travel to for basketball or personal reasons?
"Wow, I've been to a lot of countries. I'm a globetrotter. I've been to Russia, Australia, EuropeÖ there are a lot. I really liked Australia. I enjoyed Sydney, the Games. Maybe because they speak English, that's why I enjoyed it so much. They are very Americanized."

Dawn Staley was chosen to reprsent her country and carry the U.S. flag in the opening ceremonies of the 2004 Olympics.
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Q. Is there one place you'd like to see that you haven't gotten to yet?
"I've always wanted to go to Africa, but I hear that when you go there, you can't give blood for like ten years. But I've always wanted to travel. South Africa might be a good place to start."

Q. Do you have a favorite place to vacation?
"I actually went to Turks and Caicos this past April. I enjoyed that. Last year I went to a very secluded place, Anguilla. You have to take a ferry from another island, but a few friends and I took a private speedboat out. I've also been to the Cayman Islands."

Q. So if you could choose... would you rather be on a beach, hiking and camping out, or visiting a museum?
"I like quiet. I don't like a lot of people around. I like to rest, relax and read books. I also work out on vacations to get myself ready for the WNBA season."

Q. What are your favorite WNBA cities to visit?
"(Even before being traded there) I liked Houston. They have a nice mall, plus it's hot and I enjoy the heat."

Q. What is your favorite city to visit when you want to go shopping?
"Well, Philadelphia treats me right. They aren't a WNBA city yet, though."

Q. How about for a good meal when out on the town?
"Well, since I don't dine out, I'll tell you that the best room service is at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. They have some great crabcakes. I have that the night before the game and then again pre-game. I like to watch TV when I eat and channel change. I like MSNBC, I'm a news channel watcher."