Time Out With... Kathrin Ress
Forward Kathrin Ress was a four-year star at Boston College and helped lead the Eagles to three NCAA Tournament bids. She was selected in the second round of the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Lynx, has played in each of the team's 12 games so far and posted her career-high of eight points against the defending champion Shock. Get to know her better in the latest edition of "Time Out."
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  • How tall are you?
    "6-4."
    What position do you play?
    "Forward."
    Do you have a nickname?
    "My teammates call me Kat or KittyKat."
    Where are you from?
    "Salorno, Italy."
    Which languages do you speak?
    "I'm fluent in English and Italian, I'm somewhat fluent in German and I took Spanish for two years in college."
    What do your parents do?
    "They own their own business, a hotel/restaurant."
    Who has been a role model for you in basketball?
    "My brother Tomas. I've been following in his footsteps and it is just great to have someone that went through the same things you are going through... it just makes it easier."
    Is anyone else in your family involved in sports?
    "Tomas played basketball at Texas A&M. He graduated in 2003 and now he is playing professionally in Italy."
    When did you become interested in basketball?
    "I started playing at 11, but got interested around 9 when my brothers started to play. From there on just seeing how successful my brother was and then with the opportunities I got, I just became more and more interested."
    Have you ever had a coach who really inspired you, helped to improve your game or helped in your development?
    "Maurizio Scanzani, he was my first coach ever and just taught me the basics of baskeball. I also lived with him since I was so young when I left home to play basketball. I had to go through a lot that year, but being accepted into his home and his family helped a lot as well as meeting so many different people."
    Do you have a favorite on-court moment?
    "Winning the Big East Championship during my freshman year at BC."
    If you could play one-on-one against any other player or athlete, who would it be?
    "I would have to say my brother. Even though we are siblings, we never had the chance for a one-on-one game."
    Do you have any pregame superstitions or rituals?
    "They change with the year and the team... so it depends what goes with my team and stuff."
    Which other sports do you play?
    "I am a novice at tennis, but I like volleyball. I'm not too bad."
    What are your hobbies or interests outside of basketball?
    "Listening to music. I like to play the piano when I go home. I also like to hike and play cards with my mom."
    What other talents are you proud of?
    "Playing the piano, but i'm not getting that much practice, so I'm still getting there...."
    Have you held any jobs outside of basketball?
    "I was a teacher assistant for the Campus School, a school for special needs students."
    How would others describe you?
    "Silly, but caring."
    How would you describe yourself?
    "Caring."
    Are there any charities or causes you're particularly passionate about?
    "Breast cancer. So many women are affected and we learned a lot about it having been in the ACC with Coach Yow at N.C. State."
    Of which achievement are you most proud?
    "Leaving home at 11 and being persistent in pursuing basketball when, back then, I did not know where it was going to lead me. Also being able to learn a language from scratch just from being here."
    If you were not a basketball player, what would you be?
    "I would love to work with animals, but even more I would probably become a kindergarten or elementary school teacher."
    Do you have any pets?
    "I don't have any pets, but I would love to have a dog."
    What is your favorite food?
    "Italian, cooked by Dad in our restaurant."
    What is your favorite color?
    "Blue/green."
    What is your favorite movie?
    "Ladder 49, The Guardian or Flight Plan."
    What is your favorite television show?
    "Law and Order SVU or CSI Miami."
    Who is your favorite actress?
    "Julia Roberts."
    Who is your favorite actor?
    "Denzel Washington."
    Who is your favorite musician/artist?
    "Rascall Flatts."
    What is your favorite song to karaoke to?
    "I Think I'm in Love, by Jessica Simpson."
    When your playing career is over, what might you pursue professionally?
    "I would like to do child psychology or become a teacher."

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