By VERONICA RATES, Staff Reporter

Standing at 5-foot-5, senior guard Andrea Collins has provided fire to the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s women’s basketball team this season. After being out for nearly two weeks with an injury, Collins came back heated.

She dropped a season-high, 22 points, against Concordia on Jan. 3 and was nominated as the UM-Dearborn Player of the Week candidate for the 13th issue of the Michigan Journal. With 74 percent of the vote (49 votes), Collins won the honor.

Staff reporter Veronica Rates spoke with Collins in part of the Journal’s question and answer series.

Q: What high school did you attend?
A: Southfield Lanthrup High School.

Q: What has been most memorable for you thus far in your senior season?
A: Our trip to Chicago. It was just great sitting in the hotel room laughing and bonding with my teammates.

Q: What is your favorite thing about the game of basketball?
A: The competitiveness and different emotions it brings out.

Q: How long have you been playing basketball?
A: Since I was eight.

Q: Who is your favorite team and your favorite player?
A: Oklahoma City. Kobe Bryant.

Q: What are you majoring in?
A: Communications.

Q: Why did you decide to come to UM-Dearborn?
A: Well my freshman year I played at a school in West Virginia called Ohio Valley. I didn’t really like the school, and I wanted to be closer to home.

Q: Have any pre-game/post-game rituals?
A: Pre-game: In the morning I always have to have waffles and a shrimp and bacon omelette, and I always listen to J. Cole before the game actually starts. Post-game: Win, lose, or draw I always think about what I did wrong in the game. I’m really my biggest critic.

Q: Other than basketball, what are your other hobbies?
A: Shopping and watching Netflix.

Q: What are your post-college plans?
A: I plan to go to Wayne State to get a Masters of Arts degree in Sports Administration.

Q: What did it feel like for you to be awarded Player of the Week?
A: It was exciting. I mean I didn’t think I would win, so I was surprised.