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Well, everybody is allowed a double take now and then. Usually, though, it's an opposing player. Each of these pairs of twins can remember times when an opponent's confusion led to an easy basket. But pulling one over on the refs is much tougher and requires both twins' full cooperation, which, in the case of the Burges, may be rarer than a sixth personal foul. Heather and Heidi live apart, have different friends, wear different clothes and sometimes exhibit very different outlooks on life—in the team media guide, Heidi notes that her craziest ambition is to sky dive, while Heather lists a desire to "detassle corn in Iowa." Try getting either one of the Burges to sacrifice one of her personal fouls for the other. Earlier this season, in a game against Vanderbilt, just such an opportunity arose. "I was behind this girl and Heidi was in front of her, and the ref called a foul, but I thought the ref meant Heidi,..." begins Heather, the only serious All-America candidate among the twins.
"I wasn't anywhere near her," corrects Heidi, Virginia's sixth-leading career re-bounder, with 6.23 a game through last weekend. "And the ref says, That's a foul on number 30 [Heather's number].' And Heather shouts, 'I didn't foul, that was my sister!' I couldn't believe it."
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Growing up in a neighborhood that was beset by drug dealers, the Wrights always stuck close together. Their father, Brady, encouraged them to start playing basketball in the first grade as a way of staying off the streets. They relied on each other even more after their mother died when they were in the eighth grade. Four years later, they couldn't imagine going to different colleges. "We hang out with different people," says Falisha, ""but I always want to know where she is." As long as she's on the court, that's not a problem. Both Wrights start at guard for the Aztecs, and whoever gets the ball first becomes the point guard and knows that her sister will be filling up a lane.
N.C. State coach Kay Yow is a veteran twin observer, having had Kaye and Faye Young with the Wolfpack in the late 1970s. "I love coaching twins," says Yow. "Each is the other's biggest fan, and I like encouragers. In a game, if one gets trapped, even if she can't see anyone else, she'll know where her twin is. The downside is that if one gets upset or hurt, the other is affected, too. It amazes me how connected they are."
Indeed, Jenny and Krissy Kuziemski, seniors at N.C. State, are as close as two people can be. They share clothing, friends, a room and a car. They take the same classes in the same major, communications, and have nearly identical grades (Jenny has a 2.9 grade point average, Krissy a 2.8). And on the court, where Krissy starts at point guard and Jenny comes off the bench, they play an eerily similar game.
But people who know them well say they have distinct personalities. Says the twins' roommate and teammate, Danyel Parker, "Jenny is more talkative, and Krissy is more reserved." Says Yow, "They are very different people. Krissy is more outgoing."
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"That's great," says Heather Burge. "She probably realized that without her sister, she wouldn't be where she was."