TIME OUT WITH...
VANESSA HAYDEN
Minnesota Lynx rookie center Vanessa Hayden is finally healthy and making a splash on the court, though getting to road games is an adventure thanks to her fear of flying. Get to know "Big V" in the latest installment of WNBA.com’s "Time Out."
  • Time Out Index
  • Favorite movie?
    Baby Boy
    Favorite actors?
    Denzel Washington, Al Pacino
    Favorite actresses?
    Vivica Fox, Mo'Nique
    Favorite book?
    The Coldest Winter Ever
    Favorite TV show?
    The Parkers, Oprah
    Favorite musician?
    Maze featuring Frankie Beverly
    Favorite Food?
    Anything my grandmother cooks
    Favorite color?
    Purple
    Do you have any pets?
    A betta fish named Valentino - I got him on Valentine's Day
    Favorite place to visit?
    New York.
    Do you have any nicknames?
    "Big V"
    If you could play one-on-one against any athlete in general, who would it be?
    DeLisha Milton-Jones or Murriel Page - they both played at Florida and are awesome.
    When did you first take an interest in basketball?
    When I was 11, but I decided to pursue it professionally when the WNBA.
    Do you have any pre-game rituals?
    I call my grandmother and pray before every game.
    Any surprising facts about yourself?
    I am afraid to fly.
    What is one of your favorite moments on the court?
    Beating Georgia for the second time on Senior night.
    What are yor hobbies or interests outside of basketball?
    I read a lot and write short stories. I also collect Teddy Bears - I currently have 239 bears..
    What other talents are you proud of?
    Making friends and writing short stories.
    If not a basketball player, what would you be?
    A counselor for teens in the inner city.
    When your playing career is over, what might you pursue?
    I want to develop a youth program in my community because there are presently no positive programs there.

    (Photo by David Sherman/NBAE/Getty Images)

    E-mail this story
    More »

    Video

    All-Access: WNBA Draft 2014

    A behind the scenes look as the WNBA’s newest draft class had their moment to shine at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut.

    The Tulsa War Room

    Go inside the Tulsa war room as the Shock select Odyssey Sims with the second overall pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft.

    Katie Douglas on 1st Overall Pick

    Katie Douglas talks about welcoming the first overall pick, Chiney Ogwumike to the Connecticut Sun.

    2014 WNBA Draft Bus Q and A

    Chelsea Gray leads an entertaining Q and A on the bus with fellow members of her draft class.

    Ogwumike and Sims Share Draft Night Excitement

    Chiney Ogwumike amd Odyssey Sims share a moment of excitement after their 2014 WNBA Draft experience.