Though they all played guard for the CSU womenâ€™s basketball team, the future couldnâ€™t be more different for the Ramsâ€™ three outgoing seniors. The teamâ€™s season ended on March 8 with a 66-63 loss to the 9th-seeded Air Force Falcons in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference tournament.
Zoi Simmons missed most of the year with a foot injury but still averaged 2.5 points while dishing out 17 assists in 13 games. After graduation, Simmons plans to stay in Fort Collins for a few more years and possibly volunteer as a firefighter, having just taken her firefighting test.
â€œThe program is tremendous,â€ she said. â€œNot only for firefighters but for the community and the people here. Iâ€™ve wanted to be a firefighter all my life.â€
In terms of continuing her basketball career, Simmons received an offer to play in Portugal over the summer but is considering her options.
â€œA coach gave an offer to go out there and play, but Iâ€™m not too sure,â€ she said. â€œWeâ€™ll see how that goes.â€
Balancing both sides of the student-athlete role has never been much of a problem for Bonnie Barbee. She averaged nearly six points per game over the course of her Ram career, in addition to participating in the universityâ€™s honors program. Barbee is a biomedical science major and plans to one day earn her doctorate.
â€œIâ€™m going back home to Arizona for a year,â€ she said. â€œKind of taking a year off and doing some volunteer hospital work and trying to apply for med school this next go around.â€
Her first choice would be the University of Arizona because she kept her residency there.
â€œBut Iâ€™ll go anywhere that takes me,â€ Barbee said.
As far as organized basketball is concerned, Barbeeâ€™s career is over, but she plans to continue to work out at a local gym to stay in shape.
The only Colorado native among the three seniors travelled a winding career path before she arrived at CSU. Hemmings originally played basketball and soccer at the University of Northern Colorado before transferring to the University of Arizona to play just soccer after a year.
â€œI think it was too much for me,â€ she said. â€œSo I decided to leave and go focus on one sport.â€
After one year in Tucson, Hemmings transferred again to CSU and didnâ€™t play any sports for a year before walking on to the basketball team last year and playing her junior and senior seasons for the Rams.
She will graduate in May with a degree in management and plans to apply for jobs in Denver while assistant coaching for the Fort Collins Fever.
Womenâ€™s Basketball Beat Reporter Kyle Grabowski can be reached at email@example.com.