Getting to Know A’Quonesia Franklin

There's no denying that A'Quonesia Franklin has her work cut out for her. After being selected late in the third round of April's draft, the Texas A&M product is aiming to earn a spot on a Sacramento Monarchs roster full of proven veterans.

But the 5-3 Franklin has overcome adversity at every stop in her career and with Sacramento currently needing a back-up point guard to replace Kristin Haynie, the opportunity is there to prove the skeptics wrong once again.

WNBA.com recently talked to Franklin about the new set of challenges she expects to face at the next level, and to also find out what makes the diminutive dynamo tick.

WNBA.com: What memories do you have about your college hoops experience? What will you remember most?

Franklin: “Lots of memories with the team. Just having fun. We were a close team so we were a family-oriented team. We won the regular season Big 12 championship and the conference tournament championship, and then we made it to the Elite Eight and played Tennessee.”

WNBA.com: What strengths, qualities or skills will you bring or add to the Monarchs?

Franklin: “Leadership skills. I’ve been a captain and leader on my team for four years. I’m able to get the ball to the go-to players. I find the player that’s hot and get the ball to them. But just mainly being a leader.”

WNBA.com: What skills do you feel you need to improve or work on?

Franklin: “Just being more consistent… consistent with everything.”

WNBA.com: What do you expect to be some of the biggest challenges/adjustments at the next level?

Franklin: “There are not too many 5-3 point guard besides maybe Temeka Johnson. So just being able to separate from taller guards.”

WNBA.com: Did you have a favorite team growing up?

Franklin: “Houston Comets.”

WNBA.com: Is there a current WNBA player you model your game after, or that you look up to?

Franklin: “I would say Sue Bird and Temeka Johnson.”

WNBA.com: What WNBA players are you most looking forward to playing against or meeting?

Franklin: “I would have to say Ivory Latta just because we had an opportunity to meet her last year but we lost to George Washington. She’s just a great competitor.”

WNBA.com: Who are some of your all-time dream teammates that you’d want to play with?

Franklin: “Lisa Leslie. Sheryl Swoopes. Just all the big-name people that you grew up knowing.”

WNBA.com: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Franklin: “I listen to music before the game.”

WNBA.com: Do you have a source of inspiration?

Franklin: “Being 5-3 there were a lot of doubters out there that said I wouldn’t go to a big-time college, but I ended up in the Big 12. So my doubters motivate me a lot, and my mom and God.”

WNBA.com: What is your favorite way to relax off the court?

Franklin: “Shop. Shop for shoes.”

WNBA.com: Do you have a career path that you want to follow after basketball?

Franklin: “I want to be a coach.”

WNBA.com: What is the best piece of advice you ever received?

Franklin: “It’s not how big you are, it’s how big you play.”

WNBA.com: Since the WNBA is entering its 12th season, do you remember what life was like for you at 12?

Franklin: “I was probably playing with the guys at the YMCA. At that age I was still better than them. But as we grew up, their skills came.”

WNBA.com: What is your favorite book?

Franklin: “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

WNBA.com: What is your favorite movie?

Franklin: “Love and Basketball.”

WNBA.com: What is your favorite album or music artist?

Franklin: “Something that just came out… Day 26.”

WNBA.com: What is your favorite TV show?

Franklin: “ER.”

WNBA.com: What luxury item can you not live without?

Franklin: “My cell phone.”

WNBA.com: Where are you from? Tell us about your hometown.

Franklin: “I’m from Tyler, Texas, the Rose Capital. It’s not as small as most people think it is. It’s pretty big. There are two public high schools, so it’s small, but big.”

WNBA.com: Do fashion and style play a big role in your life?

Franklin: “It plays a big part. One thing I got from one of my teammates is looking good makes you feel good. So looking good on and off the court makes you feel better.”

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