Tylinn Carter is a
graduate transfer who is starting at forward for the Pepperdine women's
basketball team. She is averaging 6.5 points through eight games. She shares
what it's like to be playing as a graduate student and how she is feeling about
her team's ability:
Q: What is it like being a graduate transfer? Is it weird to only be here for one season?
A: It is very different from my undergrad, especially since I am pursuing my master's in an online program. I have more free time than usual and I love it. I wouldn't say it is weird to be here for one season, but it is definitely heartbreaking. I only have one year to teach my younger teammates so I am hoping to make the best out of it and help them grow as basketball players.
Q: Why did you choose Pepperdine for grad school?
A: I chose to attend Pepperdine for grad school because it is a top academic school. I also did my research about the program I am pursuing and instantly grew an interest for it.
Q: What is it like playing for DeLisha Milton-Jones?
A: It is an absolute joy and a blessing to play for Coach DeLisha Milton-Jones. It's amazing to have a coach who understands the game and actually played at the level I am trying to get to. Because of her, I continue to play the game I love and have taken an interest in playing professionally again. I am truly grateful to have her as my coach to end my collegiate career.
Q: How have your first few games here gone? Do you feel like starting put you into a leadership role?
A: My first five games didn't go how I planned. I felt like I haven't contributed enough to my team and it hurt me, but I have picked it up the last game and I plan on staying consistent for the remainder of the season. I definitely feel like starting has put me in a leadership role because I believe my coach trusts me enough to lead by example and to start off the game strong.
Q: What did you expect for yourself this year with how much you would play and contribute?
A: Honestly, I expected to average a double-double and lead my team to the WCC championship. Now, I am letting the game come to me, and playing the best defense I can possibly play.
Q: Describe your game. What are your strengths? What are things you still want to work on?
A: I am very versatile. I can shoot and take my defender off the dribble. People may underestimate me because I play the post, but I can do a lot more than just make a post move to the basket. Some things I still want to work on are my counter moves and using my left hand more often.
Q: How do you compare your time at Delaware State, CSU Bakersfield and now Pepperdine?
A: Pepperdine is by far the best school I have been to as far as academics and athletic experience. I've never had a better coaching staff and the trainers are great. I love how Pepperdine is a Christian school and everyone seems to be moralistic and have their minds set on the right things. My past schools don't compare in that nature.
Q: How do you feel about the team?
A: I believe we can win the West Coast Conference. Although we are young, we are very talented and coachable. I think these aspects will take us very far in the season.
Q: What are your goals for this year for yourself and your team?
A: My goal for the team is to have a winning record and finish my collegiate career with a ring. I plan to keep being a leader and stay consistent on the court.
Q: Who are you most excited to play this year and why?
A: I am most excited to play Gonzaga because they won the conference last year. I was also being recruited by them coming out of high school.