• Correal

  • Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer

    Colorado sophomore forward Zoe Correal, right, has averaged 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds through CU's first nine games.



Zoe Correal has an impressive basketball lineage in her family tree, and the multitalented sophomore forward also sports a keen eye toward literature. More importantly for the Colorado women’s basketball team, Correal already has built on the 1.7 points and 2.1 rebounds she averaged as a freshman last year, compiling averages of 3.9 points and 4.6 rebounds through CU’s first nine games.

Q: You’re from San Francisco. How did you settle on CU when you were being recruited?

Correal: There were a lot of schools in the SoCal area that I got looks from. And then some from the East Coast. Colorado just seemed like a good place to be in the middle of those. I’m not in California still. I’m not doing the same thing I was always doing. But I’m not so far that I’ll never be able to come back home. I love the campus. I love the girls. It seemed like a good fit.

Q: What did you learn from your freshman season that you felt you needed to work on the most?

Correal: I mostly just learned the person who wants it the most gets it in terms of rebounds, in terms of scoring, in terms of defense. I think that was the biggest thing for me — if you want it the most, it will come. I learned to have a better work ethic because that’s what would make me come out on top, working the hardest.

Q: Are you satisfied with the start you’ve put together?

Correal: To a degree, yeah. I feel like I have more. I just have to figure out how to put it out there and come out faster. Other than that, I feel like I’ve made a pretty good jump.

Q: In your bio it states Denver native and former basketball star Joe Barry Carroll is your great uncle. Are you close to him at all?

Correal: It’s a pretty distant thing. It’s one of those cool things, ‘Oh, he’s my uncle.’ I’ve never met him. I think he’s my grandma’s brother on my mom’s side. I might’ve met him when I was younger, but nothing I remember.

Q: You list writing as one of your hobbies. Is that a big off-court pursuit?

Correal: It was. More so when I was in high school. Right now I have different focuses so I don’t get to do it as much. But, yeah, short stories and poems are my thing. My aunt was big on that when I was younger.

Q: Do you have any favorite authors or poets?

Correal: When I was younger I used to read “Matilda” (by Roald Dahl). As I got older and into high school I liked Kurt Vonnegut.

Q: Do you have a favorite Vonnegut book?

Correal: I like “Slaughterhouse-Five.”

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