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Colorado State 56 – Colorado State Pueblo 48 (Women)

November 5, 2016

Time to get this blog cranked up for roughly the next four months!

And I’m excited.

Not because the CSU Women are three time defending regular season MWC champs. Not because they won the MWC Tournament last season and made their first NCAA appearance in nearly 15 years.

I’m excited because the start of a new season is a bit of a renewal.  Basketball is one of the great team games where the whole can be made much greater than the sum of the parts.  And while there are familiar faces like reigning MWC POY Ellen Nystrom and MWC Tourney MVP Elie Gustavsson, it is a brand spanking new team.  

And they sure looked like one as they opened with inconsistent shooting (23-70 from the field), less than crisp passing leading to numerous turnovers, some unsteady defense on the interior.  

Seniors Nystrom and Gustavsson had their moments as their roles have been elevated on the offensive end of the floor. They will be asked to do far more than in the past as the Rams replace a pair of All-MWC performers in Jamie Patrick and Keyora Wharry.   But this team will only grow as the supporting cast develops the togetherness and chemistry with their leaders.

Hannah Tvrdy showed signs of becoming a reliable third scoring option, scoring inside and out on her way to a 13 point, 8 rebound evening and a solid floor game.  Veronika Mrkovic grabbed 10 boards and was physical defensively in the paint. Stine Austgulen, instant offense off the bench last season, showed sparks as she adjusts to a new starting role.

Four sophomores who will be counted on – Amanda Kantzy, Callie Kaiser, Myan Ham, and Sofie T – also showed signs but were inconsistent on both ends.

A pair or freshmen – Jordyn Edwards and Leah Davis – displayed some skills that will be useful this season. Edwards is cat quick and has the requisite disposition to become a leader on the court. Davis has the skill set and the desire to park in the low block and score.  

First game jitters are gone.  

I’m dying to see what comes next.

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