Days after securing an unprecedented fourth consecutive Mountain West regular season championship, Colorado State senior guard Ellen Nystrom was named Mountain West Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday.
The weekly honor is Nystrom’s third this season and fourth of her career. The only other Ram to win the award this season was Elin Gustavsson on Jan. 30.
After winning Mountain West Player of the Year in her junior season (2015-16), Nystrom has followed up in her senior campaign by averaging 14.5 points, nine rebounds and eight assists per game.
In the victory over New Mexico, Nystrom recorded 22 points with 10 rebounds and six assists, ensuring that the Rams at the very least would have a share of the league title. In the game, Nystrom played a key role down the stretch, driving past University of New Mexico’s Richelle van der Keijl and making a layup to put CSU up by three (58-55) with a few seconds remaining.Then on the Lobos ensuing possession, Nystrom blocked a three-point attempt to tie the game by Alex Lapeyrolerie.
Nystrom followed up in the most recent game against San Diego State University by totaling seven points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in a 80-46 win that ensured Colorado State’s fourth consecutive Mountain West regular season title.
Nystrom and Colorado State close their regular season this week at Wyoming on Feb. 28, and March 3 at home against Nevada.
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