Meet the Panthers: Senior Amber Kirschbaum
Senior Amber Kirschbaum played and started in all 34 games last season during the Panthers' historic run to the WBI Championship. She is hoping to continue that success into this season and make history again during her final season on the team.
"I want to have a winning record in non-conference, to win the MVC regular season and win the MVC conference tournament," Kirschbaum said. "And I want to make it back to the NCAA to make some noise."
Kirschbaum averaged 9.2 points and led the team with 7.1 rebounds a game last season. She is also 10th all-time at UNI in blocked shots with 62. Kirschbaum has been a leader on the offensive and defensive side of the ball and is happy to have surrounded herself with similar players.
"My favorite part about basketball is being part of a team that has the same ability as you and has similar goals as well," she said.
The Panthers were picked to finish fourth in the MVC this season. Kirschbaum is looking forward to the conference season because of the opponents they will face.
"I am looking forward to either the game against Wichita State or Missouri State the most," Kirschbaum said. "Those are usually two our toughest opponents."
Kirschbaum has set several goals for herself and the team this season. With her being one of only three seniors, her leadership will be a pivotal part of the team this year.
"One of my main goals is to be one of the top rebounders in the MVC and to make a consistent impact on the court," she said. "I want to help lead my team to a championship."
Getting to know Amber:
Q: What is your favorite color?
A: Baby Blue or Pink
Q: What is your favorite athletic team?
A: Besides UNI Panthers, I don't really have one. I like certain players on certain teams, but I don't have a favorite team in general.
Q: What is your favorite sport to watch besides basketball?
A: Football and Volleyball
Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: Tim Tebow. I like the way he carries himself as a player.
Q: What is your favorite sport to play besides basketball?
Q: Who is the funniest person on the team?
A: It's equally divided among Moran Lonning and Sharnae Lamar
Q: What is your favorite movie?
A: I don't really have one, but I love the Fast and Furious movies or the Transformer movies. Anything inspiring or with action.
Q: Who is your favorite actor/actress?
A: Jennifer Aniston, Gerard Butler or Denzel Washington
Q: What is your favorite type of music?
A: I listen to just about everything except hard rap/rock. I probably listen to Christian and Christian rap the most.
Q: What are the top-five songs on your iPod?
A: That's Why I Pray by Big and Rich, Walk by Faith by Jeremy Camp, Blessings by Laura Story, Only Grace by Matthew West and Stronger by Mandisa
Q: If an actress would play you in a movie, who would it be?
A: Sandra Bullock or Angelina Jolie
Q: What would the theme song to your life be?
A: You Lead by Jamie Grace
Q: Do you have any hidden talents?
A: I can draw and sing. I was in choir for three years in high school.
Q: What is your favorite post-game food?
A: Spaghetti or Chicken Parmesan