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Dufurrena Comes On at the Right Time for CSI

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By Ngozi Ekeledo

Twin Falls, ID ( KMVT - TV / KTWT - TV ) One hard-headed incident almost cost Julia Dufurrena.

"I’m coming back from a concussion,” the CSI women’s basketball player said. “So every minute I get on the court I try to make worth it."

And she has.

The 6-foot freshman has gone from averaging just single digits to nearly 20 minutes per contest in her past four outings.

"Julia's kind of just coming into her own because she missed so much basketball, and she's starting to feel more comfortable,” CSI women’s basketball head coach Randy Rogers said.

"If she had [played] 25 minutes a game, then I have no doubt she'd probably average a double-double in this conference—and as a freshman, that's hard to do."

The former 3A Nevada Player of the Year burst out against Colorado Northwestern Community College in a 20 point, 6 rebounds and five steals performance. Dufurrena has averaged nearly 8 boards in the past four wins, so it makes sense that her favorite weapon on offense comes from good defense.

"My favorite shot is when I get a rebound and have a good put back," she said with a smile."The best rebounds I get is because I try to pretend that every shot is a miss, so that means go after the box-out, and then go for the rebound right after."

Julia isn't the only freshman to come on late for the Golden Eagles. Her teammate, Cassidy Skidmore, has also been a big weapon for CSI, and their success may be due to their living situation.

“I was like, ‘Yep that's my roomie,’” Dufurrena said, “cheering her on every way."

"It's all about superstition and what they're doing,” Rogers said about the roommates. “If they continue to play well, then they gotta room together even if they don't like each other."

But that shouldn't be a problem for the two roomies or any of the Golden Eagles, for that matter. What matters most right now is keeping up their winning ways. CSI has a chance to move into first place in conference play—if they can get past second-ranked North Idaho on February 2nd.

And Dufurrena has a clear mind—now—on that result and what she needs to do.

"I think if I work as hard as I can, good things are going to happen."




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