2007-08 St. Olaf Women's Basketball Preview
November 12, 2007
NORTHFIELD, Minn. - The St. Olaf women's basketball team begins the Dave Stromme era this winter. Stromme, the longtime assistant from UMD and the University of Minnesota, was hired in August as the seventh coach in the history of the school after spending last season as the interim head coach at UMD.
"I am very excited to once again be a part of the St. Olaf College community," said Stromme, a 1983 graduate of St. Olaf. "I also look forward to facing, with this team, the great challenges and opportunities that lay ahead of us."
The black and gold will have a good mix of experience and young talent on Stromme's first roster.
The Oles return an experienced frontcourt that centers around Danielle and Kristina Stoermer. The duo has a combined 149 games, 97 starts and 1,008 points to its credit. Kristina is the team's leading returning scorer. She averaged 9.9 points in only 21.0 minutes in 2006-07. Danielle was the second-best rebounder last year, taking in 4.4 a game.
Britta Hendrickson saw action in 24 of St. Olaf's 25 games last season, at just over ten minutes a night, and could see a more prominent role this season.
St. Olaf also added Elyse Erickson, a junior, to the roster. Erickson is a strong post player and will see key minutes.
The starting backcourt will feature a first year and a junior. Rookie Jamie Erdahl will take the reigns as the team's point guard. Erdahl, an all-conference selection and four-year letterwinner at Breck, will be opposite Kelsey Oja. Oja will move to the off-guard spot after playing both guard positions the last two seasons.
Sophomore Tasha Mrosak saw action in every game last season and could see minutes behind Oja.
The other guard/forward position is up in the air. Sophomore Natalie Holm looks to be the early favorite. Holm played in 13 games last season.
St. Olaf has also added a five other first years - Terin Euerle, Becca Neuger, Kristin Berg, Angie Volkert, Kyla Riley and Clara Waddell. Stromme asserted that "any could see significant time" this season. Euerle was an all-league selection while playing at St. Cloud Tech high school. Neuger played on the Oles' soccer team in the fall.
The Oles open their 2007-08 schedule at the Colorado College Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 16-17. The home and MIAC-opener is on Nov. 27 against Hamline.
Danielle (above) and Kristina Stoermer (below) are two of the Oles' leading returners for first year head coach Dave Stromme.