Q&A: EMILY HAUBRICH

The senior leads Audubon in scoring (14.1 points per game), free-throw shooting (93.3 percent) and steals (21). The Wheelers (74) will host Griswold on Friday.

Q: There are a lot of talented teams in the Western Iowa Conference. How difficult is it on a nightly basis facing such talent?

A: Being a senior, I've done it for so long. You've just got to take it day by day and take the next team that you have.

Q: What is the key to a successful conference run?

A: I think it's defense. If you don't have good defense, it's going to be hard to stop a team with good shooters on the outside. If you have good defense every night, it will be hard to go against.

Q: What kind of goals did the team discuss for the season?

A: We actually have a few rules. We have to have three players in double figures. We have to rebound, put our free throws in and have fewer turnovers than our opponent. It's a bunch of little things, and I think we take care of them pretty well.

Q: You're shooting 93.3 percent from the foul line. Is that something that makes you proud?

A: Yeah. At the end-of-game situations, I kind of want to be the one to do them. I take pride in it. We work on that every day in practice.

Q: Is a free throw more mental or technical in your opinion?

A: I think free throws are a mental game. If you miss the first one and you think about it, you're going to miss the next one. You've got to go up there thinking that you'll make both.

Q: After Friday's game against Griswold, you play four straight on the road. How important will that stretch be for this team?

A: It will be really important. It's always hard going to somebody else's home. It will be hard, but I think we can easily do it.

Q: What is you favorite subject in school?

A: Right now, it would be my speech class. I'm really nervous talking in front of some classes, and it's just nice to get out of my element.

Q: Any college plans?

A: I want to go for dental hygiene; it's just a matter of where, and where I want to play. I'm sure once basketball season ends, it will be easier to decide.— Patrick Donohue

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