Nov. 16, 2012
By Keeley Brown
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State women's basketball team has added three players to the 2013-14 roster. Head Coach Ryun Williams announced the signings of Gritt Ryder, Emilie Hesseldal, and Elin Gustavsson on Friday, to help continue the bold new era of Rams basketball.
Ryder, a 5-10 guard, is a native of Rungsted Kyst, Denmark, where she was the captain of the youth Danish national team for three consecutive years. While there she earned MVP honors for the Hoersholm 79ers in 2010-11 and led them to two junior national titles. She averaged 9.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 27 games.
"Gritt is a tremendous leader," said Head Coach Ryun Williams. "She plays with an unmatched toughness, and has a very high basketball IQ. The best way to describe Grit is that she just wins. She is a very skilled point guard that makes everyone around her better."
A 6-3 forward from Angelholm, Sweden, Gustavsson is a member of the Sallen club team in Sweden. In her first season with Sallen, she leads the team in field-goal percentage at .478, averages 6.3 points per game and 4.0 rebounds. Prior to joining the Sallen team, Gustavsson played for the Brahe Baskets, also in Sweden, in 2010-11. In 11 games, she tallied 13.9 points and 8.1 rebounds per contest, leading her team in both categories.
"This young lady is super skilled and can score inside and out," Williams said. "Having a 6-3 athlete who can really run the floor and play multiple positions will be fun to coach. With Elin's size, length and great fundamentals, she will make a definite impact at this level."
A native of Copenhagen, Denmark, Hesseldal will join the Rams in January and will be eligible to play after the fall semester in 2013 for her sophomore season. Hesseldal graduated from Marselisborg Gymnasium in 2011 and played for the Aabyhoj and Horsholm club teams in Denmark. In 2010-11 with Aabyhoj she was awarded second-team all-Danish League and was named to the all-domestic team. She later joined fellow future Ram, Ryder, with the Danish national team.
"Emilie is a very tough-minded and talented post player," commented Williams. "She has a very good feel for scoring the ball, is very active on the glass and plays with great physicality. She will join us at semester and will really add to our program and practices right away."