Following Tuesdayâ€™s game against Air Force, the CSU womenâ€™s basketball team received its first lengthy break in nearly a month. The Ramsâ€™ next game is at BYU on Wednesday at 7 p.m., which adds up to a seven-day layoff.
In order to give her players some rest, CSU head coach Kristen Holt decided to only practice on four out of the seven days.
Rams players were grateful and appreciative to have the time off.
â€œWeâ€™ve been going for a while now; weâ€™re at mid-season,â€ sophomore Natalie van Den Adel said. â€œHaving some days off is good to give our bodies some rest.â€
The time off is particularly beneficial to a young CSU team that features only two upperclassmen, as the younger players are still adjusting to the length of a college season.
â€œIt kinda gives our bodies a chance to recover a little bit,â€ freshman guard Meixandra Porter said. â€œWe donâ€™t normally get this much time to recuperate, so we really appreciate it.â€
The time off is also advantageous to those in charge of the operation.
â€œItâ€™s needed for the coaching staff,â€ Holt said, â€œIt gives us an opportunity to go out recruiting.â€
She spent Wednesday and Thursday recruiting and will continue today.
As often is the case of a long layoff, the rest versus rust debate surfaced. Both Holt and her players agreed that it was better to get some rest and give their bodies a chance to recover than worry about feeling rusty in the next game.
â€œIâ€™m trying to spread it out a little bit so that doesnâ€™t happen,â€ Holt said. â€œAt this point you probably wanna (favor) on the side of giving them rest as opposed to worrying theyâ€™ll get rusty.â€
Van den Adel added, â€œIt really gives your body some energy. We need to take care of ourselves, so I think two days of rest will help in a week like this.â€
Womenâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.