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Rosanna Gambino
Rosanna  Gambino

RS Senior

Oswego, Ill.

High School:

Last College:
Kishwaukee College



Of Note: Played two years at Kishwaukee College (Malta, Ill.) ... transfer from Iowa State ... will be eligible in December of 2014

Honors: Two-time Academic All-Conference at Kishwaukee College

2012-13 (Kishwaukee College): Helped the Kougars to a 26-7 mark, including 12-0 in the Arrowhead Conference, as a sophomore ... made 30 starts and led the team with 3.4 blocks per game ... her 109 blocks was a single-season school record and ranked fourth nationally ... also averaged 3.9 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 46.6 percent from the field ... had a school record 10 blocks against Elgin Community College, one of eight games this season with at least five blocks ... two-time academic all-conference honoree.

2011-12 (Kishwaukee College): Averaged 4.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game as a freshman ... team went 27-10 and won the Arrowhead Conference title ... Kougars finished fourth in the National Junior College Athletic Association championship

High School: Averaged 10 points and eight rebounds per game as a senior ... team went 29-4 and finished fourth in the state her junior year ... two-time team most improved player ... set the school record for career blocks ... four-time member of the dean's list ... National Art Honor Society member ... also played AAU basketball with the Lisle Shooting Stars and coach Glenn Earl

Personal: Major is biology/pre-pharmacy ... parents are Andrew and Barbara Gambino ... born April 20 ... has two brothers, John (28) and James (25) ... nicknames are Rosie and Swat ... holds dual citizenship in United States and Italy

Why Wisconsin?

"Madison is an awesome town with things always going on. It's a powerhouse Big Ten school and has great academic programs."

Off the court with Rosie

Favorites - Spots on campus: The Terrace, Kohl Center; Cartoon Character: Spongebob Squarepants; Movies: Stepbrothers, Space Jam; TV Shows: Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Modern Family; Books: The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Hunger Games trilogy; Car: A matte black Audi 8; Athletes: Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki; Basketball Player: Joakim Noah because he plays with so much emotion; Sports team: Chicago Bulls

First started basketball: second grade

Most memorable basketball game: tipping the offensive rebound to a teammate for what ended up being the game-winning layup to the final four at nationals at Kishwaukee

My favorite thing about Wisconsin basketball is: The fight that we bring during practices/games and the relationships that the coaches and players have! It really is a second family.

Before each game, I: blast music on my headphones and picture myself being successful in the game

One word that describes the team: hilarious

One word that describes me: goofy

My teammates say I am: shy at first but pretty funny

Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: just chill together at someone's apartment

What is your earliest basketball memory? Park district basketball in second grade when my dad was the coach

Favorite place to play (besides the Kohl Center): Any one of the gyms back home when I have them to myself

If I could change one basketball rule, it would be: change the men's and women's shot clock times - men's should be shorter than women's.

Is there something significant about your uniform number? I've never been particular to any number until my sophomore year at Kish when I played my best basketball in No. 41

Who are the funniest players on the team? Mikey/Daria

Who is the best-dressed player on the team? Cassie

What would you be doing if you weren't playing collegiate basketball? Working towards obtaining a pharmacy degree and working in a pharmacy, maybe coaching on the side.

The best thing about Madison is: How friendly everyone is here and the school spirit is awesome!

Dream as a collegiate player: Win a Big Ten championship and a national title

Team goal for the season: Win Big Tens

Individual goal for the season: Since I am redshirting for a year, to bring my A game in practice to make my teammates better

Fantasy job/career: Singer/performer

Persons most admired/role models: my parents and my brothers

My most prized possession is: a piece of the old court from Kishwaukee that our coaches gave the sophomores. They gave me a piece from the paint because "I protected it quite well.

I can't live without: coffee and/or chocolate

My secret addiction is: nail polish! I am addicted!

Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I am an Italian citizen.

The best sporting event you ever attended was? My brothers' basketball games when they were in elementary school. That's what sparked my love for the game!

You won't catch me eating: sushi

Nobody knows how much I love to: spend money when I should be saving it!

Greatest Inventions of the last 100 years: Snapchat, Facetime, Vine

If I could live any place in the world it would be: somewhere in southern California, near the beach

If you could spend a week anywhere in the world: somewhere isolated and tropical, like Bora Bora

If I could live in any time period, it would be: present times

A non-athletic talent I have is: painting my nails, cooking, baking

Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: singing and playing the piano

If I could meet three people from throughout history they would be: Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Michael Jordan

If I had a million dollars: buy an Audi 8 then save the rest for my kids' educations

One thing I absolutely have to do before turning 40: go on a huge vacation with all of my friends

Post-college plans: stay at UW and go to pharmacy school

Career goal: be happy with whatever my life ends up to be

Most famous person I've ever met: Dennis Hastert, former speaker of the House of Representatives, who was third in line for the presidency at the time

If I was Coach Kelsey for the day, I would: have movie day as practice

If I could have one superpower, it would be: teleport anywhere at any time with a snap of my fingers

My dream date would be: with Drake. I'm obsessed - it's embarrassing!

What are you most thankful for? My family - they are my everything!

What are you passionate about? Learning! I love find out and discovering new things!

My favorite quote or motto is: "There are two things you can control in the game - your fire and focus." Coach Wiley

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