In this Jan. 22, 2015, photo, Stanford water polo player Maggie Steffens takes a shot on goal during practice in Stanford, Calif. Nearly three years ago Steffens returned from London with 21 Olympic goals and a gold medal. She is a junior and one of the experienced players on her Stanford and U.S. squads. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Maggie Steffens leads the U.S. women’s water polo team against Australia on Tuesday night. As soon as that exhibition is over, it’s all about Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Steffens is a huge Golden State fan and says she draws inspiration from how the Warriors play. Coach Adam Krikorian also follows the team, and Steffens and Krikorian often tweet about the defending NBA champions.

“I think that basketball and water polo are two of the most similar sports out there,” Steffens said. “Not only is it offense and defense, counters and constantly moving up and down, but it’s quick paced, there’s the short clock, there’s the center player, the center defender, there’s the shooters and the movement players, and I love watching the Warriors because we have a very similar value system that I believe they have, with unselfishness and teamwork.”

Steffens is from Danville, California, near San Francisco, and plays her college ball at Stanford. She says the national team has read articles about the Warriors and talked about them as a team.

“They work for each other, and I love being able to watch them. I watch them move and I’m like ‘Oh, I wonder how could I do that in the water?’” Steffens said.