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Vanessa Bonomo

Age: 20 Height: 5’3” Points Per Game: 9.5 Assists Per Game: 3.6 Steals: 26 Free Throw Percentage: 75.4

At five-foot-three, Vanessa Bonomo is usually one of the smallest players on the court when she suits up for the McMaster women’s basketball team. But with a wicked crossover, dead-eye shot and excellent court vision, there’s much more than meets the eye to this scrappy player. An OFSAA Champion with St. Mary’s Secondary School, Bonomo has the skills and resumé to help usher in the post-Taylor Smith era of Mac hoops.

By Brian Decker

was just packed. And at Mac, getting to play nationals here [in 2010] with another packed gym on our own floor against the No. 1 team in the country. That was amazing.

BD: Are you a cat person or a dog person?

VB: I do actually. I always make sure I’m the first one on the court. I always come in like 10 minutes before anyone and get some shots up before anyone else gets out.

VB: Oh my goodness. It would have to be someone sort of dorky, because that’s what I am, but also athletic. I love Charlie’s Angels, so maybe Drew Barrymore.

BD: What’s the best piece of advice a teammate or coach has given you?

VB: I actually have two cats, so I’m VB: Last week I had my meeting with [head coach Theresa Burns]. a cat person. But I love dogs too. She asked if we had been to the BD: Is there a player you model BD: What’s your favourite song to gym other than practice time and your game after? said that it doesn’t matter if you lie, warm up to on your iPod? you know yourself and how hard VB: I don’t think so. But I learned VB: Right now, I think it’s Katy you work. You have to work hard a lot from Taylor Smith last year. Perry’s “ET” with Kanye West. yourself in order to get better, and There are a lot of things I hope to That really gets me going. you’re the only one that knows how do like her. hard you work. BD: If there were a movie about BD: Do you have any pregame rit- you, what actress would portray BD: Who were your main influenuals? ces growing up? you? VB: My parents. My dad was my soccer coach, and even when I chose basketball over soccer, he supported me all the way.

BD: What’s your best strength as a BD: What was your dream job point guard? BD: What happens if anybody growing up? beats you and gets out there first? VB: Reading the floor. I try to make Get to know the point VB: I always wanted to be a den- good decisions and get the ball to guard and what she VB: I don’t think that’s ever hap- tist. When I was a kid I used to pull the right person at the right time and thinks about hard pened, actually. I’m always the first out my little sister’s teeth when they I really take pride in that. work, hoops and one out. were loose. school. BD: What’s your favourite team to BD: Who has the best nickname on BD: Where’s the best place to go play against? Brian Decker: What the women’s team? out in Hamilton? made you want to VB: Definitely Windsor. There’s come to Mac? VB: Liz Burns – we call her Liz VB: I love going to the Gown [and always a heated battle between us. Buns because she accidentally Gavel] in the summertime when Even this year when we only had Vanessa Bonomo: spelled her name wrong on her it’s nice and warm and relaxing. eight players and they’re national Mostly it was growing water bottle. There’s nothing better than being champions, we hung around most up around here. Just of the game. outside when it’s like that. seeing all those players BD: What’s the best pre-game meal I always wanted to be a you’ve ever had? part of the Mac program. VB: It was definitely this year: pasta BD: What’s your best with shrimp and chicken. I loved it. memory from your basketball career so far? BD: Where’s the best place to grab a bite around campus? VB: Winning the OFSAA Championships [in 2008]. It VB: I usually go to Pita Pit, that’s was in Hamilton and the gym the best.

For more about Mac’s athletes, check out the Silhouette sports magazine. On Stands next week.

March 31st, 2011  

March 31st, 2011 issue of The Sil

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