Oct. 31, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Sam Martin said she feels lucky she will get to see her younger sister’s first collegiate basketball game.
She will see it up close and personal in Thursday night’s 7 p.m. exhibition game in Moby Arena when the Rams face Colorado School of Mines.
The 6-foot, 2-inch junior from Parker, Colo., will at some time during the game peer over to see her younger sister, Courtney, on the floor for Mines.
Like her older sister, Courtney, is a 6-foot, 2-inch forward, a freshman playing for the Orediggers.
“I think it will be a little weird because I’ve always just played with her, never against her,” Sam said. “We practiced against each other before games. We played against each other and stuff like that, but never on opposite teams, when it’s actually counting.”
The elder Martin is looking toward the matchup, but knows her sister has a detailed scouting report from years and years of being around one another on the court.
“She’s one of the only people who could ever block my jump hook, so I’ve got to watch out for that one too,” Sam said.
So, what if her sister drives the lane. How is older sister Sam going to react?
“Once we’re out there, it’s a game,” Sam said. ”We’re both competitive, so she’s not going to score on me if I can handle it. But if she does, it’s going to happen. We’re both extremely competitive people. My parents will tell you that. We used to fight over the bathroom all the time, we we’re so competitive.”
Martin figures to be a mainstay for the Rams this season. Already a two-year starter, she was second on the team in scoring a year ago, averaging 13.1 points per game. She also led the Rams by averaging 5.8 rebounds per game. Martin was also named second-team all-conference last season. She ranked fourth in the nation in free-throw percentage (.901) and led the league in field goal (.532) and free throw percentage.
She said she’s excited about the direction of the Rams’ program under first-year coach Ryun Williams and his staff.
“We’ve been having some really good practices, and I really like the system we’re starting to run and how we’re doing as a team. I think that the whole team would say that too. I just really can’t wait to get started and go with this season with Coach Williams,” she said.
Courtney, on the other hand, joined the Orediggers program this season. Like her sister, she had a successful career at Chaparral High School in Parker. Colorado Mines finished 12-17 a season ago, and like the Rams, have a new coach this season.
Brittany Simpson enters her first year at the coaching helm and has a team that has only three seniors.
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