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Bruin Profile - Natalie Nakase
By: UCLA Athletics

Natalie Nakase

Sport: Women's Basketball

Year: Redshirt Sophomore
Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

High School: Marina HS

Pre-game rituals:
"I take a rinsey (quick shower), listen to an upbeat song that I can dance to and eat a light snack."

What type of music do you listen to?
"Hip-hop and anything you can dance to."

Favorite food:
"Any type of chicken, especially chicken crispers from Chili's"

TV shows you can't miss:
"Blind Date, Friends, Full House, Dawson's Creek and Felicity"


If you could play any other sport at UCLA what would it be and why?
"Diving because it's similar to jumping off high rocks, which is so much fun."

Favorite place you have visited:

Place you would most want to visit:
"Australia. I heard they have the best beaches, and the water is nice and clear."

What do you like to do when you're not playing basketball?
"I like to go dancing, hanging out with friends, eating and shopping."

Who is the person you most admire and why?
"I most admire my father because he believes that hard work always pays off, he's very respectful of others, and he's always been there for me."

Favorite sport to watch:

Who would you like to play one-on-one against?
"Justin Timberlake"

Best event you've ever been to:
"Janet Jackson concert"

If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would it be with and why?
"Anyone who earned a gold medal in the Olympics. I think that's the greatest achievement ever - to be the best in the world."

One word that best describes you:

Something about you few people know:
"I have a contagious laugh, and I love buying shoes."

Why did you decide to attend UCLA?
"It's close to home, it's near the beach, and it's the best school ever created."

What do you see yourself doing in the future?
"Being extremely happy and earning a lot of money."

What is the best lesson you have learned so far in college?
"Time management is extremely important, you must be organized."

What was your most memorable athletic experience?
"My senior year in high school we won the CIF Championship. I had one of my best games, and my team made school history by winning its first CIF Championship.

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