Meet Karima Gabriel From The Women's Basketball Team
June 24, 2014
Chestnut Hill, Mass. -
Karima Gabriel arrived at the Heights in the summer of 2012. Gabriel, who is originally from Sudan and resides in New Hampshire, played one season at DePaul. The red-shirt junior played in 13 games and had 37 rebounds and seven blocks last season. She is determined to help Boston College improve in her second season on the court.
This will be your second season on the court with BC. What are your goals?
My goal is to help the team improve to above .500 and have a successful ACC regular season. We would like to improve on last year's season. I'm looking forward to season.
Describe your game, your style of play. Can you assess your strengths and areas to work on?
I like to run the floor and grab rebounds. I love being a defensive threat and blocking shots. I know I have to improve on offense and will look to shoot more this season.
Your family lives in New Hampshire but explain where you are from and when your family arrived here?
I'm from South Sudan and due to political and socioeconomic conflicts, my family fled to the north of Sudan. After living in Egypt for two years, we moved to the US in 1999. We moved to New Hampshire which was quite a culture shock. We didn't speak the language and did not know anyone. As my parents settled into time consuming jobs to support the family, my brothers and I attended school. It was very difficult not only because of the language barrier but because we also did not understand what was socially and culturally expected from us. At home, not having our parents around meant we had to assimilate faster. Making friends, learning the area, and signing up for after school activities were was a way for us to become comfortable.
Do any of your siblings play basketball or other sports and if so did they play in college?
All my siblings play basketball and most of my brothers also played football. My older brother Komot played basketball in high school and helped win the 2009 championship title. At 6-foot-4 and a strong build, he is uncharacteristically the "shortest" in our family. However, he is the reason why I play basketball because when we were younger I used to follow him to the park and watch him play pickup with his friends. I don't remember ever being allowed to play. I didn't get an invite until my first college offer. My younger brother Mabor is a 6-foot-7 and is now in Kansas trying to make it to a Division 1 program. He and my other younger brother Wenyen, who is a 6-foot-8, led their high school team to a memorable state championship title. Wenyen is doing really well right now in the classroom and on the court. Rivaled only by Komot's and Gob's academic flair, Wenyen is the only one who has been getting straight A's since middle school. Although he already has gotten promising college interests, he is patiently waiting for an offer from his dream school. He is adorable. My other little brother, Wade, who is only 6-foot-2, plays for Mabor and Wenyen's rivaling high school and put up a good fight during the playoffs this past season. He is the only true guard in the family. The youngest brother, Gob, who is 6-foot, is improving his game every day. If things keep going the way they are now, he'll be a far better big man with a handle than Mabor and Wenyen could ever be. My youngest sibling, my little sister, Piath is something else. She is probably already better than me and is a full shoe size bigger. My sis' is going to give Britney Griner a run for her money for sure.
What do you love about Boston College? Where is your favorite hangout on campus between class and practice and why?
The opportunity to gain a BC education is very special and how important it is for my future. I love BC because I like the campus, the people, and the great education I am receiving. My favorite place to hand out on campus is my bed, because I love to take naps.
What other interests or hobbies do you have?
I love to watch certain TV shows. But I only watch them on my laptop on my own time. The only time I even watch television on the screen is for the NBA playoffs, Olympics, and the World Cup and of course award shows like the Oscars or something and especially when Ellen DeGeneres is hosting ... anything. I have a long list of all time shows that I love and admire but for the purpose of a quick and short Q&A, I'll just name a few. Currently I am watching the Vampire Diaries, Game of Thrones, and testing the waters with Orange is the New Black since my friends insist that I watch it. It's a little risqué and borderline way too aggressive for me but I'd be a hypocrite if I gave up on it this early in the game especially since I'm an avid GOT fan. Last summer session, Pretty Little Liars was the hot series. If we weren't in the gym or class, anyone could walk into our dorms with a 95% chance of hearing the PLL theme song or Nicole commenting on my show selection.
Superstitions are different for every player, what are some of yours prior to a game?
I don't have any superstitions because I think Kat (Cooper) has enough for all of us. I just usually have to make sure I don't have my uniform on backwards and I try not to cry about the inevitable fact that I may or may not have forgotten every play we just went over at shoot around earlier that day.
What music do you listen to on game day?
I listen to all kinds of music! My song right now is "3005" by Childish Gambino and my side song is "Classic" by MKTO. I have to say I am most definitely not a fan of country music, which is completely tragic since this team runs on it. I do have to admit there is one country song that has grown on me. I have "Your Man" by Josh Turner on my playlist mainly because I get a kick out of it. It's just so funny. Other than that song, if I don't make a concerted effort to be involved in the music selection process in the locker room then all hell breaks loose with Rascal Flats, Hunter Hayes, and Taylor Swift! I'd rather listen to nursery rhymes