Getting to Know the New Lady Bears

Oct. 25, 2006

As we enter the 2006-07 season, here's your chance to learn more about the new Lady Bear basketball players.

Jessika Bradley - 6-3, forward, Sacramento, Calif.

If you had one million dollars, where would it go?
At least half of it would go to a charity because I really wouldn't know what to do with that type of money. The other half would go to my family, helping my family out.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be and why?
I would change how hard I am on myself. I think I give myself a really hard time and I need to be more optimistic.

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
I would be a giraffe because they're really tall and I've always like giraffes.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
Fake friends because I think friendship is really important and it gets you through a lot of things. I hate it when people are fake.

What has been your most difficult adjustment at Baylor, in Texas?
The speed, coming here and how I had to slow down a little bit, everything here is slower. In California, people move at a faster pace and here, people are more lackadaisical.

If you had a supernatural power, what would it be and why?
I'd like to be in 10 places at once. I feel like I have a lot of things to do and no time to do them.

What is your best characteristic or physical feature and why?
I think that I try to make the best of situations, whether it's trying to make somebody laugh or feel better and I think I'm a good people person. I can get along with anybody.

What is the biggest difference in high school basketball and college basketball?
The speed, how strong you have to become and how fast you have to become these things. There is not much time and you have to pick up on things a lot faster.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you thus far here at Baylor?
When I wasn't able to finish whe weight lifting workout called four quarters. But, I did come in the next day and make up the workout. That was pretty embarrassing.

Who did you imitate as a child and why?
I imitated my father. I was a tomboy and I would wait for him to come home from work, I always wanted to go play ball with him.

What will you be doing at 6 p.m.?
I'll be in study hall.

Who would you cast to play you in a movie?
Kaitlin Oberg because we're so alike, it's scary and we didn't even know each other before Baylor.

Life would perfect if...
You could know your future.

If basketball wasn't an option, I'd be...
Playing another sport, like volleyball or softball.

I feel most comfortable when wearing...
Sweats and a sweatshirt.

If you could go on any reality television show what would it be and why?
The Real World, because it's so competitive and everything they do it competitive and that's my personality.

What is your dream car and why?
A Ferrari, because when I was younger, everyone used to claim the car they'd like to have, and that was the first nice car I knew of. (Stick shift of course)

What is one talent you don't have, that you wish you had?
I think I jump pretty high but I'd like to jump higher. I know that I jump high for my height, but I want to jump higher.

What do you miss most about home?
Just the atmosphere, I miss knowing where my friends are all the time and knowing were everything is. I'm still learning how to get around here.

Have you picked up any Texas phrases yet, a Texas twang?
Yes, "I'm fixin' to go somewhere." And rephrasing my questions the wrong way, like "I can have..." instead of "May I have..."

What Texas phrases were hard to figure out what they meant?
Plaited, it's another word for braided. It took me about 3-4 people to figure that out.

What has been the biggest adjustment to college life?
Time management, you have to know what you're going to do, when you're going to do it, your available time, and how you're going to use that. You have to use it wisely.

How are you handling your independence? Have you surprised yourself?
When I first got here, it was pretty hard because you have so much freedom and you're just out there do as much as you can. You have say, "hey, I have practice at 8 a.m. and I can't go out tonight." Your body just lets you know that you need to slow down. I've surprised myself my being more mature and I think my teammates have helped me with that too.

If you could trade places with anyone in the world for one day, who would it be and why?
Sanaa Lathan because she played in the movie Love and Basketball. That was a great movie and I'd love to do something like that.

What is your motivation?
In basketball, it's knowing that I have be so much better than I am right now, knowing that I have so much potential. All my life I've been told that I have potential. At first I didn't know what that meant and I took it as a bad thing. Somebody sat me down and explained me, that you want to be told you have potential because that means you haven't reached your limits.

What is your ultimate goal and why?
I just want to be the woman that I see myself being. A lot of people have goals and aspirations and they don't get to complete them. I think that I've been put in an awesome place to do it, at Baylor University, with great people. I just want to accomplish my goals, be it to go over seas and play, go to the league (WNBA), win a national championship, to start a family. I just want to be where I want to be, nowhere forced.

What do you like most about Baylor (non-basketball)?
The people. I thought it would be so much different, I though that people would make fun of the way I talk, and that they wouldn't understand me, but the people are so welcoming. I don't know if it's because I'm on the basketball team, but the people are so nice.

What's your favorite book and why?
Playing for Keeps. It's an autobiography on Michael Jordan and not because it's Michael Jordan. I was going into high school when I read it and it was when I found out that he didn't make varsity as a freshman and it was surprising to me. It brought it back to reality, that my goals were reachable.

What is your strength? Weakness?
My personality, because I'm a good person. I know when to be tough and when to not take things that I'm not supposed to take and when to intake things that I need to take. Whether it's criticism or help from my teammates or friends, I think I gauge pretty well. I think my personality in general, and how I view things. Sometimes I'm too sensitive at times, I think I take things too far with how I read them or how I understand them..

What is the best gift you've ever given? Received?
It was Christmas time when I was in high school. I did some community service where we made cards with candy canes tied to them, and I wasn't in a club or anything, I just felt like doing it. We took them to a hospital for the mentally disabled and it was awesome. It was gift that I gave and received, just seeing their smiles and the conversations and it was awesome.

What is your favorite Baylor sport, other than basketball?
It would have to be volleyball because the girls are awesome, they're just awesome people.

Compiled by Tramese Andrews, Athletic Media Relations Student Assistant



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