Shakara Jones 

Sport: Women's Basketball
Position: Forward
Year in School: Senior
Major: Health Sciences
Hometown: St. Charles, MO

Why did you choose Mizzou?
I chose Mizzou to follow in my father's footsteps as a basketball player for this university and it is only about an hour and half away from my hometown, which allowed my family to be able to come to the majority of my basketball games. Also, the academics here at Missouri are really good, so I knew I would get a good education along with a great degree.

How did you decide on your major?
I chose my major because I like to work with people and help them out anyway I can. With Health Sciences, I can go into any health field I would want and complete a graduate program in following graduation. I have my sights set on physical therapy but it could change once I complete my degree.

Favorite class and why?
My favorite class was my nutrition class I had my sophomore year. It was interesting to know what foods help your body and the nutrients they contain to help you with your weight and energy levels. 
What game do you look forward to most and why?
I look forward to starting Big 12 conference play every year. There is not just one team that I look forward to playing. I love all of the match-ups and competition we face every night.

What do you want to do when you graduate?
I haven't decided on what I want to do after I graduate. I might apply to grad school or possibly pursue coaching.

How did you get started in your sport?
When I was around 5 years old, I remember watching NBA games on TV with my dad all of the time. I was always fascinated with watching people run, jump, and shoot and always thought to myself how could the body do all of these things. I was in karate for awhile, but decided that it wasn't my calling, so I asked my dad if I could play basketball and he said yes. At that time there weren't a lot of 5 year old basketball teams, but by third grade he started up my team and I've been playing ever since. 

Best memory at Mizzou (athletic related)? 
I have two memories that always stick out to me. The first one was beating Oklahoma in the Big 12 tournament my freshman year. We were last in the Big 12 conference at that time and Oklahoma was one of the top teams so beating them was unexpected for us and we did it! My second memory is us beating Texas in our first conference game with our new coaching staff this senior year. We were down with 2:30 left in regulation. We ended up tying the game with seconds left- and then winning the game in overtime. This year we started out conference play 1-0.
Best memory at Mizzou (non-athletic related)?
Visiting the Children's Hospital here in Columbia was one of the brightest moments of my life. To see those children's faces light up when we walked in the room was so touching.
Volunteering/Community Service you have done?
Most of the community service I have done has been reading to students at elementary schools, visiting the children's/veteran hospitals, cleaning up trash around the arena, helping at the food bank, and helping at events at the Boys and Girls Club.

Hobbies outside of your sport?
The only hobby I have as of now is catching up on sleep!!
Accomplishment(s) you are most proud of?
The accomplishment I am most proud of is becoming the 28th person in history to score 1,000 pts in my career here at Mizzou.