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This season, as we take a Total Access look at Tennessee, we'll also have quick visits with the Lady Vols. Sophomore Cierra Burdick, a 6-foot-2 forward averaging about eight points and seven rebounds, stands up to our Tenn Questions survey:
1. If you could be any super hero or cartoon character, which one would you be?
Cierra Burdick: I probably would have to be Superman just because he can fly. I could avoid traffic. I could just fly home (Charlotte, N.C.) without having to worry about the airport. I could go anywhere I want, as fast as I can go without any traffic or red lights.
2. Did you watch cartoons while growing up? If so, which one was your favorite?
Burdick: My favorite cartoon was probably "Rocket Power." I loved Regina. She was the tomboy of the group. I felt a connection with her. All I hung out with were guys when I was younger. [Regina and I] were on the same page. I loved their little hand shake. I knew I was a tomboy. I knew other girls weren't playing football.
3. What's your favorite ride at Disneyland or Disney World?
Burdick: I'm actually a big SeaWorld fan in Florida. I'm an animal lover. I love dolphins, Shamu and his friends. My family and I just went there for fall break. We had the opportunity to swim with the dolphins at this place called Discovery Cove, across from SeaWorld. It was awesome. It's this little island, and you can swim with the dolphins for part of the day, and then go swim with all these other animals in this huge reservoir. I love dolphins; I feel like they're so peaceful and fun and loving and kind-spirited. And I definitely can relate to that. I'm a lovey kind of person. You never see a mad dolphin. We also swam with all different kinds of fish, including these absolutely huge sting rays that were the size of a whole backboard.
4. When you were younger, what was your parents' favorite saying?
Burdick: I grew up with my mom. She used to always say, "Whatever you get yourseif into, you have to get yourself out of." I got stuck in a huge crate that she kept her sweatshirts and stuff in. She didn't help me. I had to maneuver my way out of this huge crate. It probably took about 10 minutes. That is definitely a good thing to live by, because if you know you have to get out of something, you're not going to put yourself in that type of situtaion.
5. Why do you wear No. 11 at Tennessee?
Burdick: I started wearing it in high school. People used to call me "Noodle" because I'm so lengthy. If I put my hands up, I look like two 1's because I'm straight up and down.
6. Who's the neatest Lady Vol?
Burdick: Myself. I'm really OCD. If you go into my room, there's never a piece of clothing on the floor, everything's so aligned on my desk. I always make my bed. I wash my hands repeatedly. I'm a real big clean freak. I room with [teammates] Issy [Isabelle Harrison] and Ariel [Massengale], and a volleyball player. Our apartment stays pretty clean.
7. What's your favorite TV show or movie?
Burdick: My favorite movie is going to have to be "Bringing Down The House" [with] Queen Latifah. I'm a big Queen Latifah and Will Smith fan, so I like anything they're in. They crack me up. I just watched "The Pursuit of Happyness," that's always good. And "Seven Pounds" is really sad but really good. I don't watch TV, but of course I loved the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."
8. If you could listen to only one singer or musician for the rest of your life, who would it be?
Burdick: Probably Trey Songz. He's simply amazing.
9. Who was your basketball idol when growing up?
Burdick: I did not really have one. I didn't really start watching basketball until I got into college. I used to play every single day and work out and play pick-up every single day. But I never watched it like that until I got into college and was forced to watch film and stuff.
10. Finish this sentence: Life as a Lady Vols is
Burdick: Life as a Lady Vol is an experience of a lifetime.