FAYETTEVILLE — With the season underway for the University of Arkansas women’s basketball team (11-0), we help you get to know each individual Razorback better by featuringthis year’s teamone-by-onewith our HogHighlight series.
First up is Ana-Carlota Faussurier, a redshirt freshman from Yecla, Spain.
The 6-2forward was a 2012 graduate of IES Joaquin Blume before making the journey overseas and joining the Razorbacks.Faussurier played for the Segle XXI club team in Barcelona, Spain, winning the Copa Catalunya LF2 in her senior season. Her all-junior team also played in Spain’s second division against professional players and Faussurier was the only player to start all 27 games.
Faussurier averaged 5.0 points per game and 4.8 rebounds per game in her final season. In addition, she was a member of the Spanish National Team and competed in the 16-under European Championships in Ptolemaida, Greece.Do you have any siblings?"I have one brother. He is adopted and he is from Columbia."
What part of Spain are you from?"I was born in Barcelona, but we moved to the south in Spain."
How much do you get to go home?"Not much. After nine months in May when it is summer."
Are the styles of basketball different in the USA and Spain?"Yes. Here it is more physical and in Europe it is not."What made you want to play basketball in America?"I was in Barcelona playing and started receiving mail from universities and then I came here. I decided to come because it was a great opportunity for me. I am enjoying it."
How have you been able to transition and study here in America?"The first year I spent 13 hours a week at the student academic center. I needed to be there all the time doing all my homework. They also give me all the tutoring I need, so it is really helpful. I have one tutor and one teacher that can help me with everything. They do not speak Spanish though."
What are you studying?"I came for nursing but I changed to Psycology."
Can you get your textbooks in Spanish?"No. The first semester I took classes in Spanish, but all the other classes now are not. They are all in English."
What are you doing for the holidays?"My dad is coming. He will be here 16 days. He will be here for games."
Ana and the Razorbacks return to the court and welcome Tennessee Tech to Bud Walton Arena on Dec. 20. Opening tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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