RED & BLUE GAME RECAP:
The Red Team, comprised entirely of
Individually, junior Ashley Whisonant led the Wildcats with 23 points on 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) shooting from the field, while dishing out five assists. Sophomore Kelsey Burns finished with 22 points (20 in the second half), senior Joy Hollingsworth tallied 18 points, and sophomore Malia O’Neal finished with nine points and seven assists.
The Red Team jumped out to an early lead in the first half, racing out to a 16-2 advantage over the Blue Team in the first 6:38 of the game. The Blue Team rallied down 25-9, putting together a 16-5 run over 4:42 to cut the deficit to 30-25. A Hollingsworth trey for the Red would end the run and give Red Team an eight-point lead that would last until half time at 46-38.
The Red Team caught fire late in the second half, outscoring the Blue Team 28-6 in the final 8:19 of the game for the 39 point win. The Red Team also shot 9-of-12 (75.0 percent) from beyond the arc in the second half.
ABOUT THE THUNDERWOLVES:
The Colorado State University-Pueblo ThunderWolves enter Friday’s matchup with
The CSUP roster is made up of two seniors, four juniors, six sophomores, and four freshmen, with six players measuring in at 6-0 or taller. Head coach Kip Drown is in his second season at the helm of the program.
A QUICK LOOK AT THE WILDCATS:
The Wildcats will welcome back a group of experienced players that accounted for 76 percent of its scoring and 78 percent of its rebounding from a year ago.
Junior Jessica Arnold, and sophomores Whitney Fields, Kelsey Burns, Malia O’Neal, and Amina Njonkou return to this year’s lineup, as does senior Linda Pace, who has recovered from season-ending knee injury. Junior Shannon Hobson returns to the post after a redshirt season.
ABOUT THE NEWCOMERS:
Beatrice and Suzy, from
Suzy posted impressive numbers in her two seasons at
Rhaya and Rheya Neabors are also twins from
The winningest coach in
Under Bonvicini’s tutelage, the Wildcats have finished in the upper tier of the Pac-10 in nine of the last 10 years, and in 2003-04 won a share of the conference regular-season title for the first time in school history. During this time,
Bonvicini’s success is mirrored in her players’ accolades. She has produced one All-American, five honorable mention All-America selections, a Pac-10 Player of the Year, three Pac-10 Freshmen of the Year, 21 All-Pac-10 honorees, 16 Pac-10 All-Freshman Team choices and 11 Academic All-Pac-10 selections. Bonvicini holds a 266-182 (.594) mark at
THE REST OF THE STAFF:
Kellee Barney (
Todd Holthaus (Grand Canyon, 1995): Enters his second season with the Wildcats after serving as the head coach at
Jonelle Streed (
Junior point guard Ashley Whisonant showed her ability to put up points in the Red & Blue game. The
BURNING IT UP:
Sophomore Kelsey Burns burned up the nets in the Red & Blue game, to say the least. The
Sophomore Malia O’Neal showed how versatile she can be on the court in 24 minutes of play in the Red & Blue game. The 5-5 guard finished the game with nine points, seven assists, four rebounds, and three steals while playing for both the Red and Blue Teams.
CATS PICKED TO FINISH SEVENTH IN PAC-10:
The Cardinal received nine of 10 first-place votes and 81 points, as
Like every season,
Last season, the Pacific-10 Conference placed six teams in the NCAA Tournament (
GET IT STARTED:
With Joan Bonvicini at the program’s helm, the Wildcats have won 12 of their 15 season openers. Last year,