The Rams came up short as an Ellen Nystrom baseline jumper bounced off the rim in the final seconds. So many times I have been rewarded wth a Nystrom game-winner over her illustrious four-year career. I never took one of them for granted. And while it was disappointing that she missed and the outcome wasnt what any Ram fan had hoped for, it was inevitable.
Because just about every team ends their season with a loss. Only a tourney winner gets to end their season with a win and in the Women’s game that means UCONN and the winner of the WNIT.
UC-Davis earned the win with some stellar perimeter shooting and timely dallies into the paint. The Rams found a way to go scoreless for over 5 minutes of the 3rd quarter and that was their undoing. Scoring was a challenge for this year’s team at times and what we saw wasnt unexpected. In fact, it was pretty much the norm.
Ellen Nystrom and Elie Gustavsson played their final games in Moby and their final games in Rams uniforms. Their list of accomplishments, both individual and as a team, are way to long to chronicle. Over 100 wins, 4 regular season championships, 4 post-season tourneys in their four years.
They delivered as always on this evening. Ellen with 18, 6, and 5. Elie with 12 and 12. When they were on the floor together, CSU was good. When they were on the bench with foul trouble, CSU was not very good. It was that simple. These two young ladies carried the team this year. Teams designed defenses that cluttered up the paint anytime that either Ellen or Elie touched the ball, making it hard for them to get clean looks at the basket. Somehow they always figured out a way.
There were tears at game’s end but none from me.
Ive been blessed these last four years to watch these two extraordinary young ladies not just win on the basketball floor but develop skills that will benefit them outside of basketball when their careers are over. They are energetic, passionate, caring. I got to spend the last four years watching them grow up. Thats not something to cry over. Thats something for which I’ll be ever grateful.
I am so happy for them.
Thanks for the sweet music Ellen and Elie.
Sunrise doesn’t last all morning
A cloudburst doesn’t last all day
Seems my love is up
And has left you with no warning
But it’s not always going
To be this grey
All things must pass
All things must pass away
– George Harrison, All Things Must Pass