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Janae Burich

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If you think that you could make a shot with Senior Janae Burich in front of you, you’re greatly mistaken. With a 6’5″ stature and stellar defensive skills, Burich managed to lead the Summit League in blocked shots during the 2010-2011 season. Burich also scored an outstanding 27 points during the 2011 season opener against New Mexico State. When she’s not blocking shots or putting up her own, Burich is busy being a student and volunteering.


You’re studying both marketing and psychology. What do you plan to do with your degree?

I always planned on just doing marketing. I didn’t really know what to do, so I just went the business route. Marketing seemed interesting and then I really think psychology is interesting, so I was planning on just minoring in it, but a lot of my classes overlapped. So, I only needed four more classes to major in psychology.

 What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

I’m not really sure who said it, but ‘life is about doing what you love, with who you love.’ I always try to live by that in everything I do, with all my heart.

 How long have you been playing basketball?

I’ve been playing basketball probably since I was like three or four, when my parents gave me a basketball to play with. Otherwise, on an actual team, since third grade.

 Are there any other sports you enjoy watching?

I really like watching volleyball. I love going to the volleyball games. I played a bit in high school, so I think that’s really fun — just the atmosphere and the energy of it. Football I can usually last about a half; I usually lose interest (laughs). But our team is pretty good, so it’s fun. I like it better when I know the people out there and know the people playing, so I really like watching all the sports here. On TV, I’m not as big of a watcher. I like watching the Lynx and the WNBA sometimes, but other than that not much.

 What is the best way to get you pumped up before a big game?

It always starts out with a good meal. I love having some good food. Then talking to the team and just getting excited, and having a positive energy. And then, my pump up song for every game is ’I’ll Make a Man Out of You,’ from Mulan. It’s been my pump up song since seventh grade, so it’s tradition. So I have to jam out to that and just think about the game. I get really excited about what I can do and what we need to do to win.

 If you could face off with any member of the men’s basketball team in a game of one-on-one, who would it be, and why?

I’d probably have to take on Tray Vonn for a dunking contest, because he’s an amazing dunker and I just want to show him what’s up… what I can do (laughs)!

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