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Q&A: Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons

Sister of Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons leads the Lady Vols against Oklahoma in the Sweet 16 on Sunday.
BY STEPHANIE KUZYDYM Staff Writer skuzydym@opubco.com Published: March 30, 2013

Tennessee guard Meighan Simmons is a finalist for the Wade Trophy, given to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I women's basketball.

Simmons is also the older sister of Oklahoma State linebacker Ryan Simmons.

On Sunday, when Tennessee faces Oklahoma in a Sweet 16 game in the Oklahoma City Regional, Ryan will get to watch his sister play live, sitting with his family and maybe a few Oklahoma State friends to cheer on the Vols.

The Oklahoman caught up with Meighan Simmons before her team's NCAA Regional practice at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Q: How many times have you been to this part of Oklahoma?

A: I don't think I've ever even been to Oklahoma. Nope. I've never been to Oklahoma actually.

Did you ever think of coming to play anywhere in Oklahoma?

I don't think I ever did. I was just so focused on trying to get better, no matter where I went. But as long as I went to a place that had the style of play that I did. I loved Tennessee. It was just my dream to always play for Tennessee.

What's your relationship like with Ryan?

I think for us two, we're kind of in the same position. We're both at D-I colleges. We're playing the sport that we love. We're getting an education. Our relationship — like when I see him and I talk to him — it can be emotional at times because we don't really talk as much because we're both always on the go. But when we talk, it's always a loving moment. At any point in time, if I need him, he's always there.

What has he told you about Oklahoma?

He's just told me that he loves it. He loves his position that he's in. He loves the aura and the fan base and all that. He just says it's a good place to be.

What should Oklahoma State fans know about him?

My brother is one of the most God-filled people. He's about to be 20, but in my eyes he's a very strong man. He's not a boy anymore. He knows what he wants in his life. He works twice as hard. He's one of the most amazing men I know in my life besides my dad and my other brothers. He does everything that he can to be the best teammate as possible.

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