WNBA players spend a lot of time on the road, whether traveling in the United States for the WNBA season, playing overseas in the offseason, or, if they are lucky, representing their country in top international tournaments such as the Olympics. Perhaps no one has done more for her country representing the United States than Comets guard Dawn Staley. But in addition to her USA Basketball committments, Staley keeps busy as head coach of the Temple University women's basketball program and, of course, her WNBA committments. Her travels brought her from Charlotte to Houston this season and revived her hopes of winning a title before hitting the road for good and calling it quits.


Q. As an experienced international player with more than a decade of international service to the game of basketball, what are some countries you've gotten to travel to that stand out most?
"Wow, I've been to a lot of countries. I'm a globetrotter. I've been to Russia, Australia, Europe… 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."

Q. Is there one place you haven't been to that you would like to see?
"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."

No matter how busy Dawn Staley is or where she is, she always makes time for her newschannels.
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Q. You are so busy with the WNBA and your job at Temple, so do you ever get to go on vacation?
"Yes, I actually went to Turks and Caicos this past April and I really 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 one type of trip, would you prefer to be n a beach, hiking and camping out, or visiting museums and seeing cultural sites?
"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 (the trade), I liked Houston. They have a nice mall, plus it's hot and I enjoy the heat."

Q. What is the best city to go out in or visit?
"Well, Philadelphia treats me right. They aren't a WNBA city yet, though."

When you are on the road, what is the best WNBA city to dine out? Do you have any local favorites?
"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 and I'm a big newschannel viewer."