Eric Peterson, Published December 28 2010
Women's basketball: Trecker’s return helps depthIn the past couple days, Whitney Trecker returned to the practice court for the North Dakota State.
As far as North Dakota State women’s basketball coach Carolyn DeHoff is concerned, the timing is impeccable.
“When Whitney is on the floor there seems to be 15 of us so it definitely helps us,” DeHoff said.
The Bison are getting a shot of depth as they jump back into Summit League action. NDSU (5-5, 1-0 Summit) plays at Missouri-Kansas City at
2 p.m. Wednesday. The Bison last played a Summit game on Dec. 4, a 78-71 victory at South Dakota State.
“It’s been a while so it’s good to come back and be able to play with the girls again,” Trecker said.
Trecker (who started the first six games this season) has missed the last four games and hasn’t played in a game for a month. The senior guard last played on Nov. 28. Her absence has forced some players to log extra court time.
Through 10 games, the Bison have four starters who are averaging 30 or more minutes per game. Two starters, Abby Plucker and Katie Birkel, have played at least 34 minutes per contest.
Before her injury, Trecker played an average of 30 minutes per game.
“Whitney is back so that is going to help spread some things out,” DeHoff said. “It is a great time to be back at full strength.”
Wednesday’s game at UMKC kicks off a grueling two-game Summitt road swing with the Bison also playing Southern Utah in Cedar City on Friday.
NDSU guard Danielle DeGagne is one of the starters who has logged heavy minutes to this point. The No. 2 scorer on the team with 13.8 points per game, is playing nearly 32 minutes per game. DeGagne has seen a significant increase in her playing time since last season. She played 12 minutes per game a year ago, however, DeGagne is not complaining about the added court time.
“It’s different,” said DeGagne, from Brandon, Manitoba. “I really enjoy it. I think my confidence has boosted. It’s been good. For me I just play my game. I play as hard as I can.”
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