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Colorado State University 84 – Western State 42

November 14, 2015

Hey coach, is Eustachy doing your scheduling?

Just kidding.

Kind of.

I realize that you lost your starting all-conference backcourt and that your squad is full of young and inexperienced players.  I realize that your returning players will be settling into new roles as the season progresses.

It was not a contest as the Lady Rams defended their way to an easy win at Moby over an overmatched Mountaineer squad from Gunnison.  Ellen Nystrom led the way with 7 steals in 15 minutes of play, several of which led to jailbreak layups.  They forced 33 turnovers and had 22 steals.  They hit the boards hard, they threw themselves to the floor for loose balls.

While Elie Gustavsson was dominating the inside offensively, the Rams struggled from the perimeter until sub Stine Austgulen nailed a pair of three-balls.  From there it was Katy bar the door as the Rams nearly piched a second quarter shutout (a 20-2 margin) on their way to a 47-16 halftime lead.

Liberal subbing and a desire to play really fast made for a bit of a sloppy second half but it was a showcase for the depth and breadth of the Rams firepower as starters Jamie Patrick and Keyorra Wharry started it and a slew of subs finished it off.

An easy win for sure.  Lots of good things but a ton of room to get better

A star in the making…  The starting lineup is composed of a talented and experienced group of juniors and seniors.  But in a group of talented freshmen, there is one whose game stands out.  Callie Kaiser, a 5’10” guard from Brommfeld Sweden errr… Broomfield, Colorado.  Her line yesterday – 13 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 0 turnovers (hey official scorrer, I think you missed a turnover).  She fills the stat sheet because she can play all 94′.  Its that simple.  She plays with the poise and intelligence of an upperclassman.  So I asked her after the game, who her first coach was because its obvious he or she did a great job.  She pointed to a man standing next to her who just happened to be her dad.  Mom piped in “And he made her cry in her first game.” 

 Keep an eye on her Ram fans.  Ryun Williams’ system is very much oriented around balance and teamwork.   Callie may or may not stuff the statsheet all season, but her physical skills, her intelligence on the court, and her high energy effort will make her not just a valuable contributor but also a crowd favorite for her time at CSU.  The cries will be ones of joy.

The schedule is about to get interesting  – A Tuesday game with Incarnate Word will be followed on Saturday with a big match-up at Moby against the Lady Cougars of BYU.  That game will feature a pair of really solid D-1 womens programs and renews an old conference rivalry.  I hope fans will find a way to flock to Moby for that one.  This CSU team is a joy to watch and I know they’d love to have a nice crowd behind them.

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