Nov 112010
 
Authors: David de Besche

More than a month of practices, plenty of inter-squad scrimmages done, and its exhibition game a week ago, it is finally time for the regular season to begin for the Colorado State women’s basketball team. Tonight the Rams host the Panthers of Northern Iowa to tip off the 2010-11 season at Moby Arena.

CSU is coming off an exhibition against Colorado Christian last Friday, where all 10 Rams accounted for points in their 81-75 victory.

Northern Iowa, who won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament last year and earned school’s first bid to the NCAA Tournament, brings in an experienced team of fundamental players who will be a good test for the Rams to open season.

“I expect a tough game, so we’re going to have to bring our best defensive effort,” said CSU coach Kristen Holt.

Though Holt was happy with last week’s game, she focused the team on turnovers, rebounding and defensive transition in this week’s team preparation.

“They’re a really fast team. We have to sprint back on defense, and we can’t take one offensive or defensive possession off,” said junior forward Chatilla van Grinsven.

In what the team called the best week of practice this year, CSU feels confident going into the season opener.

“We feel confident. We’re focused. All we have to do is be ready for tomorrow and execute,” said senior guard Zoe Simmons.
In last week’s exhibition game Holt mixed up lineups throughout the game to get the whole team good playing time, but she knows that strategy changes once the regular season starts.

“We’re going in to win this game, and we’re going to use the lineup that gives us the best chance,” she said.
The Rams, who are coming off a 13-17 campaign last season, want to start this year off on the right foot. There’s no better way to do that then get a win at home to tip it off.

“To beat a post-season team like that, overcome that adversity as a team, it would be an awesome win, and we hope the fans come out to support,” Holt said

Three Rams added for the season:

Ladeyah Forte from Pensacola, Fla., Morgan Hunt of Colleyville, Texas and Kara from Rocky Mountain High School all signed National Letters of Intent for the 2011-12 season.

Spotton, ranked in the top 100 of ESPN’s Hoop Gurlz rankings, will add depth at the forward position, and Hunt and Forte will bring energy at point guard.

Holt is excited about the three additions for next year’s team and feels they all bring positive elements.

“We are very excited about the addition of Ladeyah, Morgan and Kara,” Holt said. “They are very good basketball players, but, more importantly, they are quality students and people with strong values. I really believe this class will help us build the program of excellence that we are all working toward.”

Women’s basketball Beat Reporter David de Besche can be reached at sports@collegian.com.

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