SPOKANE -- Stanford senior Joslyn Tinkle didn't have a good first impression of teammate Mikaela Ruef.

"She committed before I did and they gave her my number," Tinkle said of jersey No. 3.

They met in summer school before their freshmen seasons in 2009 and over four years are Stanford's "Odd Couple" as roommates.

"We met in this hall," Tinkle said. "She wore soccer knee highs, short, bright-colored shorts with this baby T-shirt -- it had a bunch of fish on it. She had a sideways, colorful hat. She was totally out there."

The Montana forward recalled how Ruef and one of her brothers kept making private jokes and giggling.

"I was standing right there," Tinkle said. "I went back to my car with my mom, and said 'Oh my god, Mom, she's strange. She doesn't talk to me. Her brother is making fun of me."

Ruef's impression of Tinkle? As Jos recalled it, Ruef thought she was poised and ready for college. "But that's not what it was at all," Tinkle added. "We just have different personalities."

Teammate Sara James said Ruef doesn't worry about appearances. How else to explain her pink furry jacket and other brightly colored clothing draped on a 6-foot-3 frame?

"She's just goofy and doesn't really care," James said.

When her father, Mike, went shopping for Ruef's first pair of basketball shoes he was ready to shell out $125 for Air Jordans, he said. Mikaela pointed to $32 Dennis Rodman Converse and said, "I want those." She wore her Converse shoes for two years.

After their initial meeting, Tinkle and Ruef moved into their campus dorm and decided to jog around campus. By the time they finished the run they had become instant buddies.

They're still roommates. And still different.

"I'm the clean one, she's very messy," Tinkle said.

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