Chambers Competing for Spot with San Antonio

Although Chambers was drafted in the second round of the 2013 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks, she didn't make it through the team's intense training camp. Not giving up on her dream of playing professionally, the sharpshooter headed overseas where she spent one season playing for Gran Canaria followed by a season with Uni Girona. Chambers helped lead Uni Girona to a 27-3 record en route to a league championship in April after averaging 12.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game during the 2014-15 season.
One of K-State's all-time greats, Chambers had a successful Wildcat career (2009-13) where she scored 2,156 points - the program's third best scorer behind Kendra Wecker and Nicole Ohlde - racked up 862 rebounds and dished out 363 assists. She closed her career with the Wildcats by earning 2013 All-Big 12 First Team honors and WBCA All-America and Associated Press All-America honorable mention honors. A hard worker both on and off the court, Chambers was also named the inaugural Big 12 Scholar of the Year in 2013.
K-State Sports Extra recently caught up with Chambers as she tries to make the WNBA with the Stars:
SE: How are things going in San Antonio?
BC: "There are days where I have nerves. I guess I'm nervous every day because it's a really tough situation, but it also pushes you. You can't relax all. You have to go hard on every drill and everything. It's not like you can come in and shoot 40 shots and look amazing; you only get maybe three or four opportunities every practice to really show what you have, so you have to make the most of what you have. 
"The veterans like Danielle Robinson and Sophia Young, they've been on the team for years and they're going to stay. But the new ones coming in, we're kind of all competing for the same spot. We don't know if they're going to keep one of us or two of us, we just go in and fight. We pretty much know who has their spots set and who doesn't, so right now, there are about six of us fighting for the same position."
SE: Has your former experience with the WNBA out of college helped you this past week with the Stars?
BC: "I think coming right out of college it was a lot to handle. I made some mistakes, and I let my confidence get down, but I think it was a great experience. I think maybe I wasn't ready back then, and I am a bit more ready now. It was a good experience to learn from."
SE: Is the style of play between the Spanish league and the WNBA different?
BC: "Oh, it absolutely is. In Spain, the players are so smart and they're great shooters, but back here it's so physical; you can't even make cuts without being hit. It's different, but I like it better here because it's closer to how it was for me in college than the game is overseas."
SE: How were your two years in Spain?
BC: "My first year was tough. It was tough being away from home and it was my first year in the league. It was a great year to learn from, but then last year, when I was with Uni Girona outside of Barcelona, we ended up winning the league. We had a really fantastic year. Our group played really well together. 
"I was one of the youngest on the team, so I was kind of in a learning situation. I was learning from people who were 30-plus years old and had been playing in the pros for 14 or 15 years. It was a great experience for me to kind of play a different role; I was a role player, but I still played a lot of minutes. I wasn't forced to score all the time, I just kind took what came to me and it was a really fun year for me. I'd never dreamed of playing somewhere and doing something like that before."
SE: Was it difficult getting used to a new culture in Spain after spending four years in the Midwest?
BC: "The people in Spain, they were so amazing. They welcomed me with open arms, and that part of it was great, but the hardest part was being away from home. Not only being away from home tough, but I was also in a different time zone and I didn't speak the language. You felt isolated sometimes because if you went out anywhere you couldn't have conversations with anyone, and I think that made the loneliness feel bigger than it was."
SE: Where has your game grown the most in the past two years?
BC: "Defensively. In college, I was forced to be offensive minded 24/7. I wasn't that great of a defender, and once I left, everyone could score. Unless you could play defense too, they wouldn't put you on the floor. So you're forced to be in that situation, and I think, defensively, I've just got a lot smarter and worked with what I have to become a good defender."
SE: What is something you took from your time at K-State and have applied to your professional career?
BC: "Everything, really, but the main thing is how disciplined I am. People know that I came from K-State because of it. For four years it was kind of just pounded into my head to do things a certain way, so now I don't know any other way. When I'm doing drills or footwork, it's usually right. I'm very lucky because a lot of players didn't get that kind of training. A lot of coaches have told me they can tell how I was trained, so that's the biggest thing that I took from K-State, and people understand it when I tell them where I came from. So I was very lucky with that."
 

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