Once upon a time Joy Jenkins and Jasai Ferrucho were just blips
on the radar screen of CSU Ram basketball. Tonight the Rams will
recognize the seniors’ hard work, dedication and leadership on the
court in their last regular season home game. But aside from the
tears of joy, the Rams plan to complete their only objective of the
night: to win.
“We have to come ready to play, and play 40 minutes of
basketball,” Jenkins said. “It’s going to be an emotional night;
we’re going to have to keep emotions out of it.”
The opponent trying to destroy what could be a fairy tale senior
moment is the Wyoming Cowgirls (9-15 overall, 5-6 Mountain West
Conference) and their superstar Ashley Elliot. Elliot has been a
huge factor for Wyoming. She leads her team with 17 points per game
and is the only Cowgirl averaging double digits.
“She’s a great player,” Jenkins said of Elliot. “We’re just
going to have to ‘D’ her up.”
Ferrucho agreed, adding, “She takes a lot of shots; some will go
in, some will miss, but we have to deny her the ball and make her
work for every shot.”
Last time the teams met in Laramie, Wyo., Elliot put up 18
points and the Cowgirls went on to win 58-53. That defeat is still
fresh in Jenkins’ mind.
“The fact that we lost up there means it’s time for revenge,”
The Rams enter their final home game with emotion, senior pride
and power, and the hot hand of point guard Vanessa Espinoza, who
Monday was named co-MWC athlete of the week.
The Cowgirls are coming off a dominating win over the Aztecs,
while the Rams are one of the hottest teams in the conference –
having won three straight and four at home.
With their final home game looming, both Ferrucho and Jenkins
have goals in mind.
“I would like to take three charges,” said Ferrucho, who since
taking two charges in a game has been searching for three.
Jokingly Jenkins added, “I would like to dunk the ball.”
On a more serious note she concluded, “I would just like to
This marks the 65th meeting between the teams and is the longest
series against any opponent for the Rams. In the all-time series
CSU has won the last seven in Moby Arena and holds the 38-26
advantage. For senior night the first 300 fans through the doors
will get free food courtesy of Ram athletics.
For Jenkins and Ferrucho, this will be the last chapter of the
Border War. Tonight at 7 p.m. in Moby Arena, the final shot will be
made, the last buzzer will sound and the book will close. Asked
what she would like to add to the final pages, Jenkins said, “Once
again the Rams prevail against Wyoming.”