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July 14, 2010 caught up with junior guard Marah Strickland after dinner at The Dodie last week for a quick Q&A. Here are some things you might not know about one of the Gamecocks’ premier sharp shooters. And, check back to periodically for an inside look at other players on South Carolina’s 2010-11 women’s basketball team.

Do you eat M&Ms one at a time or by the handful?
I eat M&Ms by the color. I’m most likely to eat the blues first, the reds second and the yellows definitely last.

What’s the best part of a cake – cake, frosting or filling?
Cake, all day every day. I’m a cake girl. Usually I just make cupcakes without the frosting.

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What’s your favorite flavor M&M – plain, peanut, almond, dark, peanut butter, pretzel?
Oh, there’s a pretzel? It would have to be that, then.

What’s your favorite sugary road food?
Lately I’ve been doing Kit Kats a lot because they’re so easy to eat. Ultimately, I’d have to go chocolate covered pretzel, though. It’s the perfect sweet and salty snack.

How do you eat Oreos – lick center first, dunk in milk, no special way?
I love Oreos. I always split them apart. I eat the unfrosted side first and save the frosted side for last because it’s my favorite.

Do you drink the milk left over from a bowl of cereal?
I don’t like milk. So, when I eat cereal I try to drain every little bit off the spoon.

Do you need more shoes, think you need more shoes or have plenty of shoes?
I probably could use some more heels. And, you can never have enough basketball shoes.

What’s something you’d love to wear but don’t have the nerve?
Personality glasses. I’d love to wear them, but I don’t think I can pull it off.

Do you wear painful shoes just because they’re cute?
Absolutely not. I’m a ball player, so I need my feet first and foremost.

What is your absolute favorite article of clothing?
I love my motorcycle boots and motorcycle jacket.

What is the best trait in a friend?

Who encourages you the most?
My dad

Who do you call when you’re upset?
My mom

Give yourself a secret agent name.
Haha …the Silent Assassin

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Name something you love the sound of.
The washer and dryer at bedtime

What’s the worst pain you ever felt?
When my appendix burst and I had to have it removed

How long do you stay mad when you are wronged – min, hrs, days, forever?
Depends on who it is – family just seconds, strangers probably longer.

Where is the farthest place you’ve ever traveled?
Cancun, Mexico

Who is the funniest person you know?
My brother, Marshall

What two things do you want very badly at the moment?
I’d love to win an SEC championship. I don’t really have another one.

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What do you know a lot about?
I know a lot of random facts, also horoscopes and basketball.

Do you untie your sneakers before you take them off?
Always, my dad hates it done the other way. He says it ruins the shoe.

What is the coolest thing you’ve ever made by hand?
Me and my friend made a go-cart when we were little.

Are you afraid of public speaking?
Not at all

Have you ever been hypnotized?
No, but that would be awesome

Do you talk during movies – never, sometimes a little, always?
Sorry but, yes I do…always

Do you sing in the shower? If so, how do you sound?
Always, and it sounds great to me.

Do you raise your hand in class first or last?
First – it’s my competitive side.

Have you ever ridden a motorcycle?
No, but I’d really, really like to.

For Halloween, do you prefer to dress up scary, funny or hot?
I dress up scary. I’ve been obsessed with dressing up as a vampire since I was about two. I love it.

What game are you not good at?
Monopoly – it’s way to long for me.

What two things do you grab if you have to leave your house ASAP?
My keys and my phone

Do you read the instructions before putting something together?

Which best describes you – emotional, logical or 50/50?