Women's Basketball Q&A: Tylinn Carter

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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:

Tylinn  Carter

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.

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