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Give the CSU Women’s Basketball Team the Support It Deserves – The Rocky Mountain Collegian


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Colorado State University’s Joseana Vaz (10) battles for the rebound against a Colorado Christian University defender at Moby Arena November 1. CSU won 78-47.

Michael Stella, Staff Reporter

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College basketball season has arrived in Fort Collins. There are big questions about the Colorado State University men’s basketball team and its performance after competing in the NCAA Tournament late last season.

However, a bigger question regarding college basketball in Fort Collins might be why the CSU women’s team doesn’t receive more support from the Fort Collins student section and community.

Last year, the CSU women’s basketball team – led by head coach Ryun Williams – finished the season 21-12 with a magical run at the Mountain West Conference basketball tournament, where the team traveled to the championship game against the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

The Rams ended up losing to UNLV in the championship game, but CSU was the sixth seed going into the tournament.

For comparison, the men’s basketball team – the second seed in the Mountain West tournament – didn’t make it past the semifinals.

Last season, the women’s team was 11-5 at home, which would have given fans something to cheer about had they actually shown up. Some notable Rams home wins included games against the University of Wyoming and Utah State University.

The women’s team kicked off this season with an exhibition game against Colorado Christian University, which they won 78-47. Although exhibition games aren’t always the best test for the upcoming season, CSU played impressively.

“CSU women’s basketball was good last year, and they will be even better this year. The missing piece to their success may well be better fan turnout.

The addition of players Destiny Thurman, Joseana Vaz, Kiya Dorroh, Meghan Boyd and Cailyn Crocker from the transfer portal will bolster an already strong roster.

The new additions will also provide much-needed help to McKenna Hofschild, who was on the All-Mountain West team the two years she competed in the Mountain West Conference with CSU.

Last season’s men’s matches were the first time average attendance at the Moby Arena exceeded 5,000 fans since 1998 – except for the 2012-13 season, which also set that record. The average attendance per game for the women’s team was 1,207.

The men’s team saw the largest crowd of students at Moby Arena in the school’s recent history on January 19, with 3,850 students in attendance. This means that a CSU men’s game saw more students than the average total attendance for women’s games.

College athletics is great because of the atmosphere of the games. Fanbases are often more loyal to colleges than to professional sports teams; it means more to encourage your alma mater.

If Moby Madness is helping the men’s team win home games — which it did in 14 of the Rams’ 15 home games last season — why aren’t the Rams showing up in women’s basketball?

Inside the Moby Arena, there is a retired women’s basketball jersey. This jersey belongs to Becky Hammon.

Hammon played for CSU in college and his #25 jersey was retired in 2005. Hammon had a long and successful professional basketball career. Last season, as head coach, she led the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces to their first championship in franchise history.

CSU women’s basketball was good last year, and it will be even better this year. The missing piece to their success might just be better fan participation.