Interview: MARIE BERTHUEL

2015-01-16 Washington (697) Paul W. Harvey IV Marie Berthuel

an interview by UO Fast Break Club President, Jim Long
(photo credit: Paul W. Harvey IV)

1. The Roster web page says you are a graduate student in chemistry, were seen playing in the rec center gym and got invited to play open gym with the team, then got invited to walk on by the coaching staff. Has this been a problem with your graduate studies?

 So last year I was still an undergraduate, but I was planning on entering grad school. I also had the chance to enroll in graduate classes last year, so I knew how hard it was going to be, and I knew I had to be prepared. It is actually hard to be a graduate student in chemistry because I have a lot of work to do.   Obviously it is also harder to get A's, especially when you are an athlete. This first term was even harder because I took 17 credits and 5 classes. Therefore I had a 2.8 GPA. However, when I reach the end of my degree work, I will have to maintain an overall GPA of 3.0. I should be fine because I am taking fewer classes this term.


2. The Roster web page also says that you attended UO last year and graduated with a degree in chemistry. Did you attend the women’s games? Impressions?

 Yes I was an undergraduate student last year, but I did not graduate from the Oregon. I actually graduated a year before in France with a bachelor's degree in chemistry (3 years of University) and I was completing my first year of (French) Master here in Oregon, as an exchange student. I went to see two WBB games and I thought the team was good and really athletic. They really made me want to play at Oregon.


3. You clearly love basketball. Did you play basketball in college? Where? Is the game very different here than in France?

 Yes I do! I started to play when I was 5 years old and it has been a long journey since then. Indeed I played basketball when I was in college, but I did not play for my University (like I would play here for Oregon), I played for clubs. Actually clubs are a big deal in France, we do not have competitive teams in our colleges, I would say that is more for fun or that is to stay fit (lol). But yes I played in clubs at a good level. Basketball is different in France in many ways, but mostly I think that the way of playing is the same. Comparing the NCAA to French clubs, the levels could obviously vary from one team to another, but it really depends on the division. Some NCAA teams could easily play at the division 2 in France, for example. However the WNBA is a better level than the first division in France. There is no question about that.
 

4. One coach told me that you bring a lot to the team practices. How is it to be part of this team?

 As you noticed, after the Oregon Daily Emerald article about me (click here for ODE article), playing in the US was one of my dreams. So I just cherish every day that I spend in the arena because I am happy and really thankful to be a part of this amazing experience. I have wonderful teammates and a great staff around me everyday, I also feel spoiled and I want to give back by being a great teammate and doing great practices for the good of the team. If you come to the arena you would always see me smiling.  :D This is how it feels to fully live your dream! I love competition and I love to win, I love smart basketball and most importantly I love to feel a part of a team, that is something I couldn't live without.

 
5. Do you travel with the team?

 Yes I do! I got to travel to Las Vegas, California, Colorado, Portland, and Corvallis. I travelled to many places I have never been to  :)


6. What have been your biggest challenges here at Oregon?

 As far as I am concerned, I think that the biggest challenge is to obtain a degree at Oregon while I am playing basketball.


7. Has your family visited Eugene? Did your parents play basketball?  Do any of your siblings play basketball?

 My family came to visit me last year. My mom used to play basketball (and she is even smaller than me, lol).  My two sisters play basketball and my brother plays soccer.

 


Getting Ready for the Next UO Fast Break Club Members Social on Saturday, January 31 after the UCLA game...

141221-Social-981-lkUO Fast Break Club members are invited to attend
the next UO FBC members Social...

SAT. JAN 31 after the 12:30 UCLA game –

Featuring Juniors Jillian Alleyne, and Lexi Petersen.

We still have half the 2014-15 Season's FBC Socials to go!  To find out how to become a UO FBC member, CLICK HERE.

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SUN. FEB 15 AFTER 4:30 ASU GAME – Featuring Seniors Marie Berthuel, Amanda Delgado, Katelyn Loper, and Megan Carpenter.

The Socials are one of the key benefits of being a UO FBC member as you can see...  It's a great opportunity to kick back and socialize with the players, their families and the coaching staff, as well as other WBB fans.

 

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Check out these photo albums from past FBC Socials this season:

PHOTO NOW POSTED FROM
SUN. DEC 21 FBC Members SOCIAL 

after the FRESNO STATE game: CLICK HERE 
Featuring Freshmen Tatum Neubert, Lexi Bando and Sophmore Drea Toler.

 

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PHOTO NOW POSTED FROM
SUN. JAN 18 FBC Members SOCIAL 

after 1pm WSU game:  CLICK HERE
Featuring Juniors Jacinta Vandenberg, Katie Gruys, and Jordan Loera.

 

 


Photos posted from Sunday's UO vs OSU Civil War Game at Matt Arena

150111-osu--6038-lkU Oregon WBB vs Oregon State ~ January 11, 2015
GoDucks.com summed the night up this way...

EUGENE – The Oregon women’s basketball team fell to the No. 11-ranked Oregon State Beavers 77-48 on Sunday night at Matthew Knight Arena in the 94th edition of the Civil War.

How It Happened:  Both teams started the first half sluggish, but the Beavers (14-1, 4-0 Pac-12) used a 12-2 run to go ahead 19-6 at the under-eight media timeout. The Ducks (8-7, 1-3 Pac-12) were unable to find any rhythm from the floor and went scoreless for 8:36 during that stretch before Jillian Alleynefound the basket at the 8:57 mark.

Oregon cut the lead to 25-12 thanks to back-to-back buckets from Alleyne along with one from Drea Toler with 3:53 left in the first half. The Ducks headed into the break trailing 33-16 after OSU finished the half on an 8-4 run. Oregon also trailed 33-16 at halftime in its Friday loss in Corvallis.

150111-osu--6054-lkUO got within 35-24 after Lexi Petersen drained a three from the left side early in the second half, but OSU’s Sydney Wiese answered right back with one of her own on the ensuing possession. Wiese’s three sparked another OSU run, this time 26-6, and pushed the Beaver lead to 61-30 with 10:01 left to play in the game. Oregon State went on to win 77-48 and sweep the series.

 

You can read the full article here: 
http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=209845013 

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CIVIL WAR GAME PHOTOS

 

Click Here

 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/uofastbreakclub/sets/72157647922215034/

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Other 2014-15 Season Photos

U Oregon WBB vs Fresno State (59-68)
December 21, 2014
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uofastbreakclub/sets/72157649484812009/

U Oregon WBB vs Northern Arizona (59-47)
December 13, 2014
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uofastbreakclub/sets/72157649341806818/

U Oregon WBB vs Navy (72-64)
December 6, 2014
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uofastbreakclub/sets/72157649674362095/

U Oregon WBB vs North Carolina (59-76)
November 23, 2014 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uofastbreakclub/sets/72157649382410196/

U Oregon WBB vs vs Westmont (81-44)
November 9, 2014 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uofastbreakclub/sets/72157649239785255/

 


UO vs Fresno State Game Photos

Game photos from December 21, 2014
NOW POSTED on our Flickr page:
UO vs Fresno State

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Lexi Bando (10) was named Pac-12 Player of the Week!  She scores an average of 20.5 points per game.

Drea Toler (1) is the team's shortest player at 5' 5" but her vertical jump is unbelievable!

Jillian Alleyne (14) set a new Pac-12 double-double streak record on Dec. 21 against Fresno State with her 19th straight.

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Next game against SEATTLE U
is the last non-conference game of the season.
NOTE it's on a different day at a different time than usual....

MONDAY, DECEMBER 29 AT 4:00PM

  See you there.

GO DUCKS!


UO Fast Break Club is now on Flickr!

For great images of your favorite players check out our Flickr photo gallery.

We've been experimenting with photo galleries on our website and on our Facebook page but we think the galleries on Flickr are far superior.

Bigger, bolder images, easy to 'favorite' and most important, easy to share.  You can also leave comments about each photo.  Check it out and tell us what you think...

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