Player Q & A: Maia Barnett
The sophomore and Los Angeles native sat down with the Western Front to talk about her career as a varsity athlete.
Q: Why did you choose to attend Western?
A: I chose Western because I felt the school was a great place and the academics here are really good. Basketball was always something I wanted to do after high school. I was able to have the opportunity here, and to be away from home was also something I wanted to do for college.
Q: When did you start playing basketball?
A: I started when I was 8 years old. I wanted to try something new and my family kind of was really interested in basketball as well, so I just followed that pattern and then continued playing from there.
Q: What position do you play?
A: I play guard.
Q: Have you always played that position?
A: Yes. When I started out I was a guard, I’ve always been one of the smaller people on the team and so I kind of am fit for my position I think.
Q: If you didn’t play guard, what position would you play?
A: I think being a post would be fun. It’s pretty physical and I think being a post is exciting. It’s a hard position but I think it would be something fun to try.
Q: You played in high school, did you play for any other teams besides the school team?
A: Yes, I played on a club team, or a select team as they called it. We travelled, mostly in the summer, and there was a variety of girls from my community and from other areas around L.A. We just competed against other, more competitive teams.
Q: What makes playing for Western different than other teams you’ve played for?
A: The level of intensity is a lot more than other teams. Definitely the speed of the game is definitely a bigger change.
Q: What’s the best part of playing with this team?
A: I would definitely say our team chemistry and how we all want to play for each other. It’s really unselfish and we’re really competing together. It’s really competitive in practices and we make each other better. I like being able to have such great chemistry with my team because they make it a lot more fun.
Q: What do you hope for the rest of the season?
A: I hope that we can continue to be a really disciplined team and we’re always there for each other and we keep getting wins because we can do it if we focus and we’re all there for each other.