The Golden Eagles starting point guard Karli O’Brien has proven to be a vital factor for Laramie County Community College women’s basketball. And as a returning sophomore, her experience is paying off.
An-18 point game led the Golden Eagles to a win against Colorado State University club team, 79-22, on Nov. 24. O’Brien seems to be on a hot streak. O’Brien currently averages 14.3 points per game after nine games played thus far, which is nothing new for the Rapid City, South Dakota, native, as she averaged more than 11 points per game last season. O’Brien is also grabbing 7 rebounds per game.
“She attacks the ball off the rim, and she follows her shot,” third-year Golden Eagles coach Brian Ortmeier told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle. “She has a high IQ for the game and positions herself well. The ball comes right to her, and she gets a lot of second-chance opportunities.”
Though the season is just beginning, her experience as a returning sophomore is showing. O’Brien is one of five returning sophomores who start for the Golden Eagles. According to O’Brien, the bond and familiarity with her teammates is leading to more success for her and her team.
“We knew each other last year, so we have that bond again this year,” O’Brien said.
At the end of O’Brien’s freshman season, she was voted to the Region IX South All-Defensive Team, an award given by coaches in the region who are allowed to nominate only players not from their corresponding school. Even with her exceptional freshman season, her experience has shown in her productivity.
The Golden Eagles have taken advantage of O’Brien’s quick play and rebounding with a 6-3 start this season.