Catching up with Noelle Quinn
Following her first season in Seattle, Noelle Quinn signed to play with Woori Hansae in South Korea. Quinn averaged 5.4 points and 4.9 rebounds during her first campaign with the Storm.
Upon arrival in South Korea, Quinn, who is teaming up with American Sasha Goodlett, enjoyed a strong start to the season, leading the league in scoring for the first three weeks. Surrendering the No. 1 scoring average to Storm teammate Shekinna Stricklen, Quinn is now averaging 11.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per contest. Woori Hansae is 11-1 and stands atop the WKBL standings.
Quinn recently checked in with StormBasketball.com.
Q&A with Noelle
Talk about the competition you are playing against and tell us about some of your teammates.
My teammates are hard workers. They do not complain at all, they just compete at a high level of intensity everyday, whether it be in practice or the game. On the court they are about business, not much talking just working. But off the court they are very friendly, caring and animated.
You got to South Korea about a month before the season started. Take us through the teamís training camp and the 2-a-days you were going through.
The first practice of our two-a-days would involve lifting. After that we would go into various fundamental drills such as boxing out, 4 on 4, 3 on 3. Shooting drills followed. That would be about three hours. The second practice was running, running, and, you guessed it: more running. 17's, full court sprints and full court layup drills, all at a very fast pace. One on one zig zag, one on one full court, 3 on 3, or 4 on 4 full court. Defensive break down drills, and we would finishing with 5 on 5 full court. And, to top it all off, during training camp our head coach was with four of our teammates competing with the national team. So we were low in numbers, which meant hardly any rest time while waiting in line.
Take us through an average day for you in South Korea.
I usually wake up around 8:15 a.m. and leave for first practice around 9:15 which is weights and shooting practice. At about 12:30 p.m. or so, eat lunch that is prepared for us at the facility. Then Iíll rest for about an hour and a half and leave for second practice around 3:00. Second practice lasts from 3:20-6:30. Usually after practice is done for the day, Iíll get treatment and then dinner. At night, I like to catch up on the news from Twitter, Facebook and TMZ. Check the NBA scores Ė I donít have a favorite team but I do follow the hometown team in the LA Lakers. Then I go to sleep and do it all over again the next day.
How helpful is it to have Tina Thompson close by?
It's super helpful and comforting to have Tina and Dyllan close by. They are about 15 minutes from where I stay. It's like having family over here, and especially when times get rough I know I can count on those two to lift my spirits. I won't be able to make it home for Christmas so seeing some familiar faces around this time helps especially when I miss my family in LA.
How did you spend your Thanksgiving?
I spent thanksgiving playing a game. The entire time I was thinking about the meal I'd miss at homeÖmac and cheese, yams, greens, stuffing, sweet potato pie, etc. But actually the next day, the team had a hotel prepare a turkey for all of us. They said since Sasha [Goodlett] and I were away from our families, they were hoping to bring the holiday to us. It was a very thoughtful and kind gesture that we appreciated!
What is the travel like?
We travel by bus. The furthest we go is about an hour and a half to two hours depending on traffic. The bus is very comfortable: spacious, reclining seats with a big TV in the front. Itís very different from WNBA travel, going from airport to airport.
How are you dealing with the language barrier?
We have a translator who is with us at all times. She spent time in the United States studying English and she has good basketball knowledge, so she is able to communicate very well. I pick up words here and there just because I start to hear them so often. Words like thank you, good morning, friend, bye and big sister are the ones I'm super confident speaking. Other than that I'm still learning.
One thing you miss about the United States that they donít have in South Korea?
One thing I miss about the US that they don't have in South Korea is my family. Iím a big fan of the California Fish Grill Ė they donít have that here in South Korea.
What have you done off the court that is unique to South Korea?
So far I have not really enough time to go sightseeing, but I have tried plenty of Korean food. My favorite dish is called Andong jjimdak. The dish is a variety of a Korean steamed or boiled dish consisting of chicken and vegetables marinated in a Korean soy sauce.