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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 zoology/pre-pharmacy ... parents are Andrew and Barbara Gambino ... born April 20 ... has two brothers, John (30) and James (27) ... nicknames are Rosie and Swat ... holds dual citizenship in United States and Italy

Why Wisconsin?

"Close to home, the team is awesome, and the coaches were confident that they could develop me further as a collegiate player."

Off the court with Rosie

Favorites - Spot on campus: The Terrace; Movie: Stepbrothers; TV Show: Grey’s Anatomy; Book: Five People You Meet In Heaven; Basketball Player: Derrick Rose or Joakim Noah; Sports team: Chicago Bulls

First started basketball: Somewhere around 8-ish years old…
Most memorable basketball game: Winning the game that sent us to the final four at nationals with my junior college team, Kishwaukee.
My favorite thing about Wisconsin basketball is: The fans that support us throughout the year.
Before each game, I: Envision myself being successful in my role on the court.
One word that describes the team: Ambitious
One word that describes me: Goofy
My teammates say I am: Supportive and hard-working
Favorite thing to do off the court with my teammates is: Just hang out as a group; we are always laughing about something
Most memorable basketball achievement: Making it to the final four at nationals with my junior college team, Kishwaukee College
Favorite place to play (besides the Kohl Center): Either Nebraska’s new stadium or Michigan State
What is the first basketball memory that you have? Playing with my older brothers in out driveway of the house we grew up in
This summer, I: Took two classes, worked out, and visited my best friends
Is there something significant about your uniform number? I played my best basketball while wearing 41, so I stuck with it
Team goal for the season: Win a Big Ten Conference title and make it to the tournament
Individual goal for the season: Fulfill my role to the best of my capability to help my team succeed
The best thing about Madison is: The people. Everyone loves this place and it’s easy to know why if you’re visiting campus on any given day
Fantasy job/career: Definitely a fantasy because I cannot sing well or dance like her, but being a performer like Beyoncé or something would be so fun
Person(s) most admired/role models: My parents, without a doubt.
The most fun place you have traveled to with the team is: I didn’t get to travel anywhere exotic with my team last year, but I’m looking forward to San Diego this upcoming fall.
What are you most looking forward to this season? Making the most out of my senior season and seeing what we accomplish as a team in the post-season
Was the dress blue and black or white and gold? White & gold, and it was because of the lighting in which the picture was taken. Our whole team argued about this…
What is your favorite Coach Bobbie quote? Her analogies to the high post being Canada, mid post being USA, and low post being Mexico… I’ve never heard of or thought of that before and I thought it was hilarious
I can’t live without: My dog, Daisy
My secret addiction is: Nail polish and watching Say Yes to the Dress.
Weird thing about me that almost no one knows: I quit basketball in eighth grade to be a cheerleader
The best sporting event I ever attended was? Any Chicago Bulls game, since I’m a huge fan
You won’t catch me eating: Sushi
Greatest Invention of the last 100 years: Probably Vine, just because it never fails to make me laugh
If I could live any place in the world it would be: Somewhere near a coast, although oceans and fish creep me out…
Non-athletic talent I would like to have is: Be talented in some area in music, whether it be playing an instrument, writing music, or singing
If I could meet three people from throughout history they would be: Michael Jordan, Albert Einstein, and Drake
If you could play any character in a movie or TV series, who would it be and why: April Kepner on Grey’s Anatomy so I could be fictitiously married to Jackson Avery
If I had a million dollars: I would buy a nice house and car and save the rest
My bucket list includes (things you dream about doing): Raising a happy, healthy family, having a successful career, travel both locally and internationally, and work to help animals in shelters
Career goal: Become a pharmacist and volunteer at animal shelters or work with animals that need homes
My favorite quote or motto is: “Hakuna matata”
The best advice I have ever gotten is: “If it was easy, everyone would do it”
My worst habit is: Hitting the snooze-button after every nap I take
If you could play a college sport besides basketball, what would it be? Probably hockey or volleyball, even though I’ve never played either one

What do you love most about being a Badger?

"The support that we get from other athletic programs on campus and from other athletes. The athletic community is great here."

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