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Colorado State University first-year student Taylor Ray, graduate student Sydney Mech, transfer-junior Sanna Ström and first-year Jadyn Fife celebrate with the team after defeating the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs with a final score of 87-50 Nov. 2.

Taking Moby Arena by storm, transfer Sanna Ström is creating quite the presence on the court.

During her time at Kansas, Ström proved her ability as an endurance player, being one of only three Kansas players to appear in all 36 games. Ström’s highest number of points scored in a game was 13 against Southeast Missouri State.

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“I learned a lot at Kansas,” Ström said. “I gained a lot of experience just (being) in college and being in game situations, and I think I bring a lot in that sense.”

In only two games, Ström has played an instrumental role in the Rams’ success. The style of play that comes from overseas has translated well to CSU basketball.

“As an international player, we play with a lot of speed in Europe,” Ström said. “We play a lot like that here, and that was definitely what I was looking for.”

It wasn’t just the style of play that enticed Ström to play here at CSU. The competitiveness and determination of the squad were things she said were missing at Kansas and things she realized CSU had.

Being undefeated on the season so far, the Rams have proved their ability to be a competitive team.

“I was looking for a very competitive team,” Ström said. “We want to go get that ring, and I think (CSU) was the place for that.”

Although Ström has been in the U.S. for about two years now, she said she still misses home. Kansas had decent basketball but didn’t have the same feel of home that Fort Collins does.

“I really like Fort Collins,” Ström said. “I love the mountains, and I love the winter. It’s coming, and I’m a winter girl, so I’m really excited.”

That excitement is palpable with the rest of the team; Ström’s teammates only have positive things to say about her.

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“She’s been doing great,” graduate student Cailyn Crocker said. “She’s a great person on and off the court and just a really hard worker.”

So far, Ström has been making moves on the team. The junior is already ranked No. 3 on the team for points scored at 18. Ström is second on the team for 3-point percentage at .625, just under Sydney Mech, who has made both of her shots outside the paint.

The Rams have a lot to look forward to this season, with transfer Jackie Carman having gotten her first points against Alabama A&M and several fifth-year seniors looking to end their season with a bang.

“Having new people on the team, especially them being older, it brings a lot of maturity to our team, and they’re great people to be around,” fifth-year student Meghan Boyd said.

Ström isn’t just a force on the American basketball court; she’s also making waves overseas. In summer 2022, Ström played for the Sweden U20 team at the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship.

At the FIBA European championships, Ström started Sweden’s six final games and scored in the double figures twice, first against Belgium and second against Lithuania. Ström’s oversea experience brings a lot to the table for the Rams and will be incredibly helpful for a roster already infused with international talent.

“We’ve been playing with Europeans for a long time,” senior Cali Clark said. “I’m kind of used to it, and when we went to Spain, we got to see (the faster playing style) and how they play in their home environment.”

With confidence from her time at Kansas, her teammates’ positive attitudes and extensive international experience, Ström has been and will continue to be a strong addition to the Rams’ roster.

Reach Emma Askren at easkren@collegian.com or on Twitter @emma_askren.

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Emma Askren
Emma Askren, Sports Editor
Emma Askren, alongside Damon Cook, is the fall 2023 sports editor for The Collegian. She began working at The Collegian during her first year in the fall of 2022, when she covered the swim and dive team as well as anything sports-related. She is currently a sophomore at Colorado State University, where she is majoring in journalism and media communication and double minoring in Spanish and sports management. During her first year, she joined the rowing team, began working as a reporter for The Collegian and working at the Student Recreation Center. Askren applied to CSU as a journalism major, knowing she wanted to combine her passion for sports and writing to create a fulfilling career. Upon realizing that Rocky Mountain Student Media was hiring for first-years, she jumped at the opportunity to become a writer for The Collegian. While working for the sports desk, Askren has had the opportunity to write about hockey, logging, whitewater rafting and the importance of women in sports. As a woman in a male-dominated industry, she seeks to break the status quo and become a successful sports journalist following graduation. Following a year as a sports reporter, Askren became a co-editor for the sports desk alongside Cook. Together the duo seeks to create a new and improved sports desk that caters to all readers of The Collegian and beyond.

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