Q&A: Tara Zlotkowski (12) and Gina Rubino (12)

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Gina Rubino(12) and Tara Zlotkowski(12) hold the 4A Sectional Championship trophy. Rubino and Zlotkowski made plans to continue their basketball careers together at Indiana University Northwest. Photo by: James Lafakis (12)

Jessica McCullough

Q: What made you decide to play basketball in college?

A (Zlotkowski): I think going for free and knowing I’d still get to be with Gina Rubino (12) helped and continuing to do what I love to do.

A (Rubino): I knew that I was staying home my first year no matter what, so my options to go to school were either Indiana University Northwest or Purdue [Calumet].  When both coaches showed interest, it made me realize I could still play basketball, get college paid for and still go to the schools I was considering. I’m very excited.

Q: Where are you playing?

A (Zlotkowski): Indiana University Northwest

A (Rubino): Indiana University Northwest

Q: What are your hopes for your freshman season?

A (Zlotkowski): I hope to improve my game a lot and to be beneficial for the team.

A (Rubino): I hope to have a great season with this new team and just have fun doing it. I also hope that I can earn myself some playing time for every game.

Q: Why IUN?

A (Zlotkowski): I had to choose between Purdue Calumet and IUN, and I liked the program better at IUN than at Purdue Cal.

A (Rubino): I felt the coach at IUN was a better fit for me, and the atmosphere on campus seemed more welcoming.