Meet the Broncos: Brooke Pahukoa
Oct. 29, 2015

"Meet the Broncos" is a series of interviews conducted by Boise State graduate student Daniel Wray. He is a graduate intern with the women's basketball program while working on his masters in English. 

Brooke Pahukoa
2015 Preseason All-Mountain West

Junior, Guard #44
Lake Stevens, Washington

Q: What made you decide to come and play for Boise State?
A: I really liked the campus and the coaching style and the atmosphere with the team. It’s really like a family. It’s enough like home where it wouldn’t be too different coming to college, but different enough that it wasn’t like I just could run home.

Q: What are the biggest differences between Boise and Lake Stevens?
A: I think people are a lot nicer here, don’t tell anyone back home though. I like the college-town vibe. Boise is all about Boise State. Back home is a mixture of everything: University of Washington, Washington State. College feel for sure.

Q: What are your plans for after Boise State?
A: I’ll probably stay here for a year and intern, maybe work for the team or something then go onto graduate school for psychology.

Q: What do you want to do job wise?
A: I want to be a sports psychologist. I want to work with athletes with injuries and depression from quitting their sport. Just helping them make that transition from athletics to the real world. It can be a tough transition.

Q: Are you nervous at all for your transition when the time comes?
A: No not really. I don’t think I’ll miss 6:00 a.m. practices or anything like that. I’ll miss playing, but I don’t think it’ll be bad.

Q: What made you decide to go into sports psychology?
A: I’ve always wanted to do psychology, and I almost stayed away from sports since I’ve been surrounded by it for my whole life, but I felt that it’s something I’m good at so I might as well make a career out of it. And as I get closer to transitioning from an athlete to the real world and realizing that the process is kind of hard, I’d like to help other athletes with that.

Q: Would you like to work for a university or a high school?
A: Ideally at the university level, but even a high school or club team would be great.

Q: Who’s been the most influential person in your life within sports?
A: Definitely my dad. He played professional football and he knows the ropes for what it takes to be a standout athlete as well as student. He’s given me a lot of advice about life.

Q: What is the moment in your athletic career that you’re most proud of?
A: It’s probably the same as most people…when we won the Mountain West Conference Tournament and went on to play in the NCAA Tournament at Tennessee. That was by far the best moment for me so far.

Q: Aside from that, what have you been most proud of?
A: I don’t know…a lot of other people have played a lot of sports and I just played for my high school and it was a good time.

Q: What are the goals that you have this year for the team and for yourself?
A: For the team I think we all want to go back to the tournament. Obviously that’s the goal. I think to also play better in the preseason so we can have a better seed for the NCAA tournament. Maybe even win a game in the NCAA tournament. I think that’s definitely something that’s achievable for us. Some personal goals would be to be more of a leader for the team and to do whatever I can whether that’s scoring or defense or whatever it is. We have a lot of new people on the team and it’ll be good to help them along.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Boise State?
A: The family atmosphere we have here whether it be within the team itself, or the athletic department, or the school, or even the city itself. You walk around and people find out you go to Boise (State) and they’re willing to help you with anything. I run into people back home who are somehow connected to BSU and they’re always the first to help me with anything.

Q: What do Boise State fans need to know about you?
A: Well for the fans who come to our games I apologize if you can’t tell my sister and I apart. It’s ok if you call me Brittney, I’ll probably even answer.

Q: Have you and your sister ever tricked people during a game?
A: Never here, but in high school we did. Our coach was a good sport about it. He’d say something like “Go get your sister” in a game and we’d check in for a different teammate and he couldn’t tell who was who. In kindergarten our mom tried to have us switch places, but we didn’t get away with it.

Q: Can you give us one embarrassing moment where someone confused you two?
A: I’ve actually called myself Brittney before. I was talking about her and then I transitioned to starting to talk about me and I don’t know how I said it, but I did. That makes it okay if anyone calls me Brittney because I’ve even done it before.

Coach Presnell on Brooke – “Brooke is one of, if not the, premier players in the league. She’s a great athlete, she has a great attitude and she’s accomplished a lot already. We really have high hopes for her over the next two years.

You can see Brooke and the rest of the defending Mountain West Conference Tournament Champions as they open the season at home against Southern Oregon in an exhibition game on November 6. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. in Taco Bell Arena.

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