Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer
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.”