The Women’s Freshman Class



 Very athletic, very talented, young, and have great leadership. No, these aren’t the words to describe the 4guysinblazers.  This is how Head Coach Gina Castelli describes the 2011-2012 Siena Saints women’s Basketball team. With a team made up of four freshmen, six sophomores, a transfer from George Washington, and a junior and two senior captains, that description is right on target. Coach Castelli, now in her 22nd season at Siena, explained to us that this team is one of the most athletic teams she has coached in a long time.

Senior captain Maja Gerlyng explained that she does not think that any one player will emerge as the surprise player this season since they have so many players who are versatile and capable of filling many roles. This versatility may be this team’s biggest strength. We caught up with a few of the new additions to this year’s team at media day.

Kelsey Booth, a 6-1 freshman from East Hampton, Connecticut, is an example of one of those versatile players. She explained to us that for the most part, she grew up as a post player. However, for the last couple of years in high school she took on the role of point guard since her team needed one. This allowed her to improve on her ball handling and outside shooting a great deal. Kelsey said the biggest adjustment so far is the speed of the college game.  She expects that this year’s freshmen class will be a good addition to the team.

Another freshman, Tehresa Coles, a 5-9 guard from Colonie, is familiar to local fans as being a very talented player with a strong all around game. She says she takes a lot of pride in her speed and her defense. She also noted the increased speed and intensity of the college game and is looking forward most to earning her spot on the court and getting used to her new teammates.

Freshman Kim Lysius Cole is a 5-9 guard from St. Constant, Quebec.  Growing up in Canada, she began playing basketball in 6th grade. She said playing college basketball in the US was a dream of hers. She fell in love with the campus when she came for her visit and explained that she liked the fact that it was not too far from home and her family with which she is very close. She told us she also has experience playing both inside and outside and likes to work hard and play with a lot of energy. She also described the speed and intensity as the biggest difference of the college game over the high school game.

The fourth freshman is Ida Krogh, a 6-0 guard/forward from Aarhus, Denmark who is described on sienasaints.com as a “Gifted perimeter player with excellent offensive skills…Hardworking defensive player…Versatile athlete who can play both inside and out”. These players are all welcomed additions to the team and should help contribute to a bright future.

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