TIME OUT WITH... Zane Teilane
The only player from Latvia currently in the WNBA, Mystics rookie center Zane Teilane has been in the United States for several years now for college. In that time, she has taken a liking to Oprah, Natalie Portman and Antonio Banderas. Yet, she still does not know how to drive! Get to know Zane (pronounced ZAH-nay) in the latest installment of "Time Out." Have You Seen her?
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  • Nickname? Nay-Nay
    Birthplace/Hometown Riga, Latvia
    Class Year, Major, and Degree Senior, Indisciplinary Studies in Business and Fashion Merchandising, Bachelors
    Have you played professionally before? No
    Have you ever played on a national team? If so, for what team, whe33%n and in which tournaments? Yes, for the Latvian National Team, U-20 European Championship, U-21 Worlds Championship in Croatioa, 2003. Womens National Team - European Championship 2005, in Turkey.
    If you could play one-on-one against any player or athlete, who would it be and why? Kobe Bryant, to see if I can defend him :)
    Who has been a role model for you in basketball? My first coach Inara Jakabsone.
    When did you become interested in the game of basketball and when did you decide you wanted to pursue it professionally? It was in grade 6, but in high school I knew that I wanted to go play in college and then play professionally.
    Do you have any superstitions or rituals? If so, what are they and how did they come about? I always pray before the games, and listen to music.
    What are your hobbies or primary interests outside of basketball? My family, friends, music, traveling, cooking.
    Who were the major non-basketball influences in your life and why? My mom, she always encourages me to be strong and never give up. My friends and fiance, they always support me, encourage me to do my best.
    How would others describe you? At first people might think that I am very shy, but when they know me better it is opposite. My friends also say that I am generous, funny, good listener.
    How would you describe yourself? I think I might be shy at the beginning, but I like to make people around me happy, I always try to think positive of others and don't judge. Accept people for who they are.
    Which languages do you speak? If any other than your native language, do yo Latvian is my native language, English, Russian, some German.
    What is one surprising fact about you that many people do not know? I am engaged. I don't know how to drive.
    Of which achievement are you most proud? Coming to a different country with a totally different language, without even knowing where I was going, and then finishing the university in 3 and 1/2 years, and also being able to do well in school and on the basketball court.
    If you were not a basketball player, what would you be? Maybe working in some business, or being in an organization that helps people in the world.
    Do you have any pets? What type of pets and what are their names? I have a cat, Basis. (It is a short term in Latvian of the name basketball).
    What is your favorite food? My mom's
    What is your favorite color? Black, blue, and green.
    What is your favorite book? Bible, The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
    What is your favorite movie? The Notebook, Latvian movies.
    What is your favorite television show? Oprah
    Who is your favorite actress? Angelina Jolie
    Who is your favorite actor? Gerard Depardieu, Denzel Washington, Antonio Banderas.
    Favorite song to do a karaoke number to? Queen, "We Will Rock You".
    Favorite place to visit/spend time Australia, Egypt, Italy.
    Do you have any post-graduate academic plans? Graduate school.
    Which current WNBA player are you most looking forward to meeting and why? Lauren Jackson, because I think she is a very active player both in defense and offense, a good teammate, and I hope that I can learn from her on how to improve my game.

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