Off the Court with Ashley Sweat


Ashley Sweat, a junior on the women’s basketball team, has emerged as a team leader for the Wildcats this season. The native of McPherson, Kan., is averaging 16.9 points per contest this year. Sweat recently discussed a variety of topics, including her favorite moment at K-State and her video game skills.

Q: Other than basketball, did you participate in any other sports or activities in high school?

A: I just did volleyball. I mainly focused on basketball, but just to do something fun in the fall, I played volleyball too.

Q: Was there a major factor in your decision to come to K-State?

A: I think that a lot of it had to do with the people in the program and, obviously, the coaches and the players. I just fit in so well. The fact that it’s just an hour and a half from my house in McPherson was also huge.

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not on the basketball court?

A: I watch a lot of “The Office.” I just watch TV and that’s about it.

Q: Is there anyone on the team that you like to hang out with in particular?

A: I live with Kari [Kincaid], so I’m obviously pretty close with her. I’ve also gotten pretty close with Jalana [Childs] this year.

Q: Is there anything you guys like to do together off the court?

A: We play “Guitar Hero,” we play a little “SingStar,” we just kind of hang out and enjoy each other’s company. We’re not really good [at the games].

Q: What’s a typical day like, trying to balance practice with class?

A: I have class from 8:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. I get picked up and then I come straight here to practice. Then, depending on the day, we have weights. I have practice from about 1-3:30 p.m., and I have weights right after that. Then I go to dinner and come home and do homework for however many hours it takes me to do it.

Q: What’s your favorite moment in a K-State uniform?

A: I’d definitely have to say winning the Big 12 last year was huge, especially doing it at KU. That made it even better. We’re on the hunt for it again this yearb and we’ll have to see what happens with Oklahoma at the top.

Q: Other than winning the conference, what’s another major goal that you’d like to accomplish before you graduate?

A: I’d like to at least make the NCAA Tournament while I’m here. I take advantage of every opportunity I have to do that.