The season is finally here for the CSU women’s basketball team,
which will take the court for the first time in the 2004-05 season
at 5 p.m. tonight at Moby Arena against Western State in an
The Rams will begin their regular season on Nov. 19 against San
Francisco, which will also be a home game.
Even with the regular season opener only two weeks away, the
Rams will not look past Western State, said sophomore guard/forward
“There is definitely not any less importance in an exhibition
game,” O’Dwyer said. “If we lay down, or place a less importance on
Western State, what will we do with other teams?”
Assistant coach Marcy Myers said it is important to play well in
exhibition games so the team can build confidence going into the
“It is extremely important to get off to a good start. It’s a
great confidence builder, and it sets the tone for the year,” Myers
said. “I think that every game is important. Every time you step on
the floor, you need to play your best.”
Although the Rams’ roster is void of seniors, the team does
return three starters to the lineup: juniors Melissa Dennett,
Lindsay Thomas and Vanessa Espinosa. Espinosa, who runs the team as
point guard, led the team in scoring with 12.9 points last season
while Dennett and Thomas rule the paint. The forward duo combined
for 396 rebounds and averaged 24.6 points per game last year.
Although head coach Chris Denker is still figuring out who will
fill the spots vacated by guard Jasai Ferrucho and Joy Jenkins at
the end of last season, O’Dwyer and sophomore guard Annika Walseth
are expected to see more playing time.
After the Rams play Western State, they will have one more
exhibition game against University of Colorado-Colorado Springs at
home on Nov. 13.
Denker said playing well in the two exhibition games will help
prepare the Rams for the regular season opener.
“We want to play well, show improvement and prepare ourselves
for our season opener,” Denker said.