Taking good advice to heart

Words to Live By

As they prepare to enter this next phase in their basketball careers and their lives, yet, with so much farther to go, we asked some of the incoming rookies for best piece of advice they had ever received. For some, it was basketball-related while for others, it took on a more personal meaning. Regardless, they obviously listened to the wise words and are here today as a result.

Feenstra
Katie Feenstra, San Antonio Silver Stars
"Never walk off the court and say I should have done that better. Always give it all you have so you have no regrets."

Ashley Battle, Seattle Storm
"Be yourself. Treat people the way youíd wanna be treated."

Chelsea Newton, Sacramento Monarchs
"My parents always told me that basketball is great, but it is the other side of things that should always be working on, whether it was my personality or my academics. Basketball was never pushed."

Lyttle

Sancho Lyttle, Houston Comets
"My mom always told me never to give up on anything, that even when it is not my turn, to try my best and wait my turn."

Cisti Greenwalt, Sacramento Monarchs
"Play with heart and never quit, just to keep playing the game I love."

DeeDee Wheeler, Los Angeles Sparks
"My grandma told me that your greatest opponent is yourself. I really do believe that. On your worst day, you still have to give it your all. The only person that can stop you is yourself, but only if you allow it to happen."

Braxton
Kara Braxton, Detroit Shock
"My dad always said love the game and the game will love you back."

Erica Taylor, Washington Mystics
"I was on a CBS special some time ago and Lisa Leslie gave one piece of advice: Get good grades, be a good mother and always be 100% when you get on the court."

Heather Schreiber, Los Angeles Sparks
"Donít take this for granted. A lot of people who would love to be in my shoes. Have fun with this opportunity and donít take it for granted."

Jackson
Dionnah Jackson, Detroit Shock
"You can never learn too much."

Jamie Carey, Phoenix Mercury
"Nobody ever said it would be easy Ė Ray Shaffer Ė who started me out playing basketball when I was five."

Jenni Lingor, Detroit Shock
"Always work hard no matter what. Never get down."

Mann
Kristen Mann, Minnesota Lynx
"Work hard in everything. You cannot go back and change anything."

Jessica Moore, Charlotte Sting
"Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability so you can look at yourself in the mirror and realize you gave it your all,.. thatís al you can ask for."

Nikita Bell, Detroit Shock
"Working hard pays off. Always pays off."

Hodges
Roneeka Hodges, Houston Comets
"No struggle, no progress."

Tanisha Wright, Seattle Storm
"Those who matter donít mind, and those who mind, donít matter."

Shyra Ely, San Antonio Silver Stars
"I can do all through Christ who strengthens me. It is from the bible."

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