The Cowgirl basketball team is a group characterized by their (super) senior leadership

Published: Oct. 17, 2022 at 5:22 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 17, 2022 at 5:39 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Women’s Basketball team had an impressive run in the WNIT to cap off last season, but a triple overtime loss to UCLA left a bad taste in their mouths.

Their senior backcourt duo had a large role in the team’s success, and with an extra year of eligibility available due to COVID both decided to return for a fifth year to bring the team to new heights.

With so much experience under her belt, Quinn Weidemann wants to do even more as a leader than she already was.

“I think leading by example is probably the biggest thing that me and Tommi [Olson] both as superseniors do. But this year I’ve definitely talked to the coaches about more vocal leadership, and kind of encouraging more and getting the girls to stay positive and stuff like that. So I think that’s something that I’ve tried to work on,” Weidemann said.

It appears that both Weidemann and fellow supersenior Olson have already become those vocal leaders, and their teammates don’t take it for granted.

“I think they’ve done a really good job. They make me feel confident on the court and support me, give me advice on the court whenever I feel confused or anything,” freshman guard Malene Pedersen said.

“They just help us and make sure we understand everything that’s happening, and if we get flustered they know how to help us through it. They’re really good experienced heads to have out there on the floor. If we’re lost we know we can look to them, and they just give us guidance when they think we need it,” junior forward Grace Ellis said.

Their teammates aren’t the only people that Weidemann and Olson have helped along. They have a first year head coach in Heather Ezell who said their presence makes her job a bit easier on a daily basis.

“I’ve been really happy with their vocal leadership. They’re always going to be two kids that come onto the court every day and they’re going to lead by example. Now they’ve got to start being able to use that voice of theirs, and I’ve seen huge growth in the last couple months of them just being able to [step up] when things aren’t going well. It doesn’t have to be me, it’s them, and you like to see that.”

There’s no denying how crucial these two players are to Cowgirl basketball when hearing from their peers, and it will be exciting to follow along as they lead the team this year.