Women’s basketball shatter last years stats

The 2017-18 Laramie County Community College women’s basketball team has proven to be a tough, respectable Region IX team. With five games left in the regular season, the Golden Eagles have already improved tremendously from last year.

The 2016-17 inaugural women’s basketball team boasted a 11-17 overall record while averaging 60.6 points a game and finished 7-10 in conference play.

The 2017-18 team has five games left in the regular season but has already won three more games than last year and currently sits at 14-11 with a 5-4 record in conference play while averaging 72.4 points a game, 12 more than last year.

In his second season as the Golden Eagles head coach, Brian Ortmeier has formed a respectable program at LCCC and a possible 2018 Region IX playoff contender.

“Were playing really well on offense right now, in terms of progression, our chemistry is really starting to solidify itself and we are playing really well as a team right now,” Ortmeier said.

A major focus for Ortmeier at the start of this season was to improve on their point guard play and turnovers, as well as improving as a three point shooting team.  

“Statistics wise we are already 30 three pointers ahead of where we were at the end of last season, we are on pace to be one of the top teams in the conference in three point attempts and three point field goal percentage,” Ortmeier said. “We are also down on turnovers this year, correcting those two areas has definitely helped us this year. “

With only five returning players from last year, the Golden Eagles have been leaning on their freshmen to carry the load. Karli O’Brien (Rapid City, South Dakota), Skylar Backstrom (Castle Rock, Colorado), and Sarah Kruthaupt (Las Vegas, Nevada) are all freshmen and the three top scorers for the Golden Eagles.

“They’ve handled the transition from high school to college very well, I love the balance they bring to the table,” Ortmeier said. “The focus hasn’t been one player, we have balance and can attack teams from multiple positions and that’s what has generated their success.”

If the Golden Eagles close out the season on a strong note it will give them an opportunity for a play-in game at the Recreation and Athletics Complex and a possible birth to the Region IX tournament.

The Golden Eagles will have home games for their next three games, Eastern Wyoming College on Feb. 7, Western Nebraska Community College on Feb. 10 and Trinidad State Junior College on Feb. 17.

About Logan Harrison (41 Articles)
My name is Logan Harrison, I am 21 years old. I was born in the great city of Minot, North Dakota. My father had been sent to the Minot Air Force base, where we lived for four years after I was born. In the year 2000, my father was reassigned to the the F.E. Warren Air Force Base where we ended up staying in smelly, outdated air force housing for three or four years until we moved off the base. I attended Anderson Elementary school and then enrolled into the East High system where I attended Carey Jr. High for three years. After graduating from East High in 2014, I received a scholarship to Eastern Wyoming College in Torrington, Wyoming, to compete on the golf team. During my time there we went to back-to-back National Championships and took second in the region my freshman year, and during my sophomore season we won the Region IX title. I always love a good meal with good company, and I enjoy hanging out and talking with friends and family. I will never pass up an opportunity to pet a dog or any pet. This past winter I took a trip to St. Thomas Island in the Virgin Islands where I stayed with a friend of mine and worked as a kayak guide for seven weeks. That whole experience is something I encourage everyone to do. Get out of your comfort zone and explore a new environment, culture, food, and activities. I went kayaking, snorkeling, and hiking almost everyday. The highlight of my time there was scuba diving, swimming with sharks and exploring an old shipwreck. The ocean is surprisingly very peaceful and magical when you finally reach the bottom. The whole experience taught me that life doesn't actually start until you reach the end of your comfort zone.

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