Chat with Izzi Castro Marques
Marques has improved her 16.9 ppg average to 20 ppg so far in the playoffs.
Welcome to SportsNation! On Wednesday, Atlanta Dream's Izzi Castro Marques stops by to chat as her and the Dream await the winner of New York and Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals.
Marques, playing in her eighth season in the WNBA, led Atlanta to a two-game sweep of Washington in the first round of the playoffs. She averaged 20 points and 4 rebounds in the series.
Send your questions now and join Marques Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. ET!
Izzi Castro Marques (12:30 PM)
Hi everybody, thanks for joining me in this chat today!
Izzi, who would you like to face, Indi or NY?
Izzi Castro Marques (12:31 PM)
I'd say New York becuase they are a better matchup for our team. But the bottom line is, we are going to have to be ready to play either team. We have to come ready to play if we want to win.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What WNBA Team do you look forward to face each year?
Izzi Castro Marques (12:31 PM)
I'll say Seattle and New York. The Garden is always a good place to play. Indiana always has a good crownd and Los Angeles is are great city as well.
Leslie (Boston, MA)
What player did you emulate your game after growing up?
Izzi Castro Marques (12:33 PM)
Hortencia, a Brazilian basketball player and Hall of Famer. She's now the president of the Brazilian Women's Basketball Federation.
Raymond (Atlanta, GA)
Hi Izzi, you take many tough shots, but seem to make them at a great rate, is that something you practice or is it just instinct?
Izzi Castro Marques (12:34 PM)
(Laughing) I actually do practice those. You practice the way you play so I guess it just carries over.
Will you be playing for Brazil in the upcoming World Championships? Do you think Brazil can win it all?
Izzi Castro Marques (12:35 PM)
Yes, I will. As soon as we finish with the WNBA season, I'll go right to wherever the national team is. It will be very hard for us to win just like it will be for any other team but I think we have a great chance to medal.
Lou (Miami, FL)
If you weren't playing in the WNBA, what profession would you have?
Izzi Castro Marques (12:36 PM)
I've always wanted to be a doctor but I'm glad that I choose to stick with basketball.
Misha (Orlando, FL)
There are a lot of young players on the Dream. Who do you look to for leadership?
Izzi Castro Marques (12:37 PM)
Actually, I look to myself. I'm one of the oldest and I've been on the team the longest. I try to step up and be a leader. I try to be someone that the younger players can come to. Some of them haven't been in this position before and I have so I like to share my experiences with them.
Barbara S. (Kennesaw, GA)
You and Erika are the only brazilians playing on WNBA, are you proud to representing your country on the conference finals? What that means for you both?
Izzi Castro Marques (12:39 PM)
Yes, defiantly. To be the Brazilians in the WNBA is an honor and being on the same team is a pleasure. It feels good to represent our country in the Eastern Conference Finals and hopefully the WNBA Finals. Our goal is to make history and bring a title back to Atlanta and for Erika and I, back to Brazil.
Mya (Stanford, CT)
Both the Fever and Liberty are playing great right now. What do the Dream have to do to defeat one of them in the Eastern Conference Finals?
Izzi Castro Marques (12:40 PM)
We have to play our game. I don't think they can keep up with us if we rebound and run. We proved that we can beat anybody in this league and we have to continue to do so.
IzziThe DREAM started out on fire then hit a slump. What has the team done to make them start playing better since the slump and identify WHY it took a turn? Glad to see your mask off!
Izzi Castro Marques (12:42 PM)
During our slump, we stopped playing the way we were playing at the beginning of the season. So we took a look back to see what we were doing wrong and changed it. We went back to playing our style of play that we were playing at the beginning of the season.
Izzi Castro Marques (12:43 PM)
Thank you to everyone who sent in questions. Be sure to watch us in the Eastern Conference Finals and hopefully the WNBA Finals!