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Pop Quiz: Toi Taylor, Ellison

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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011 5:51 am | Updated: 10:42 am, Mon Jul 28, 2014.

Sport: BasketballPosition: GuardClass: SeniorClaim to fame: A two-year letterman, Taylor is leading the Lady Eagles (22-6, 6-2 12-5A) in both steals and deflections, averaging about 3 and 4, respectively, per game this season.

The last few weeks have been hard on the team, how have you all handled it?“As a team, we’ve just been bonding a lot, having fun together, just bring us closer and stronger — having slumber parties.” What does the team like to do at the slumber parties?“We just go to like midnight bowling or out to eat, things girls do. ... We play ‘Just Dance’ — we play the Wii and stuff.”

Do you all do a lot of team-bonding?“Yeah. We just love to have fun. You know girls — love to have fun.”

Ellison has won seven of its last eight games — with the lone loss coming on the emotionally-draining day of the funeral of teammate Deja Pointer’s mother. What do you attribute to that success on the court?“We’ve been feeling really strong. It’s like, when one person is hot, everybody is hot. It’s like, ‘Oh, if you on it and I’m on it,’ you know? We kind of feed off each other’s energy.”

Do you have any pregame rituals to get up for games?“I have to get wild. I have to dance like there’s no tomorrow. Act stupid, yeah.”

What do you listen to get ready for a game?“We listen of our iPods, or sometimes, I bring a dock, so like on overnight trips, we’ll just plug it into an outlet and we just, you know ...”

What do you feel your role is on this team?“Defense. Stopping balls, defensive stops, pressuring the ball, forcing people to a side (of the court). Steals and deflects — it always hits my arms, ... but yeah, it pumps me (up).”

What’s something about you that makes you unique?“Wow, so I’m the shortest person on the team with the longest arms. I don’t know how that’s possible, but I have the longest arm span. It’s weird, but I think that just makes me unique.”

Any nickname that results from the long wingspan?“My coach calls me ‘Olive Oyl’ from Popeye. She says I’m shaped like Olive Oyl (Popeye’s girlfriend) and it’s just stuck with me since sophomore year.”

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