Up Close with Taja Edwards
Taja Edwards first started playing basketball in the seventh grade.
Taja Edwards first started playing basketball in the seventh grade.

Nov. 24, 2009

FRESNO, Calif. - Taja Edwards has developed into a player for the Fresno State women's basketball team who provides instant energy every time she steps onto the basketball floor. She had a career high 12 points against Hawai'i last year and she grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds against Cal State Northridge.

Edwards has played an important part in the Bulldogs two trips to the NCAA tournament and by the time she and fellow juniors Jaleesa Ross, Hayley Munro, Emma Andrews and Marnique Arnold are seniors they hope to be the winningest class in program history.

What do you feel your greatest strength is on the basketball court?
My energy, rebounding, scoring and playing defense but energy is the biggest one.

What is something people may not know about you?
I sing in my head at the free throw line to take away the nervousness and the distraction. It is something I started doing towards the end of the season last year. I mix up the songs everytime.

How has basketball helped you become a better person?
Basketball is a lot like life in a sense that it takes patience and that you have to keep working hard and never give in. It has taught me to keep fighting for whatever it is that I want and to be competitive. It is a competitive world out there. You just have to have patience and have fun.

What is your favorite thing to do off the basketball floor?
Listen to music.

If you were telling a recruit why they should come to Fresno State what would you tell them?
The coaches here are very honest and you won't find that at a lot of other schools. They tell you how it really is. If you are a person who believes in honesty then this is a great school for you.



When did you first start playing basketball?
In 2001 when I was in seventh grade and it was my first AAU tournament. Our colors were purple and gold and I was supposed to wear my purple jersey with my purple shorts and I had on a purple jersey with gold shorts.

What are you studying?
Communications with a minor in liberal arts music. I am a great communicator and learning and understanding the dialect between individuals is really interesting. It is an area that will help me out later on in life.

What music is playing on your IPOD right now?
The Fray Say When.

What are key factors that have helped you become a better basketball player?
Failing. I believe you have to fail in order to succeed. When I mess up and make a mistake the goal is to try and not do it again. That helps me because now I can think ahead and I know I won't do that again.

What is like playing at the Save Mart Center?
The Save Mart Center is awesome. We love our fans and the intensity level is crazy.

What motivates you as a player?
Knowing that God has a dream for me and that he doesn't want me to let his dream go to waste is a big motivator for me. My little sister also motivates me.

"We Are Your Team"- The Fresno State women's basketball team returns to the Save Mart Center on December 8 when they host Sacramento State at 7 p.m. For ticket information click on the tickets link at the top of the page.

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