From Walk-On To Starter

Feb. 26, 2003

By Jason Werle, WSU Sports Information Student

Just more than two short years ago, Washington State junior guard Lindsey Egeland made her first drive through the wheat fields of the Palouse to Pullman in order to see what WSU was all about. As most students and many others discover, Pullman's magic struck and Egeland decided that this was the right place for her.

It was no one thing in particular that made up her mind. It ranged from the atmosphere of the school, the Cougar signs on the streets, the way the whole town was devoted to WSU, and simply the opportunity to play basketball in the Pacific-10 conference.

As a high school senior, Egeland earned an All-State selection in Montana, and helped Sentinel High School to a fourth place finish in the state tournament. After high school, Egeland made the decision to try out and walk onto the WSU basketball team her freshman year. Not only did Egeland make the team, the following year she earned herself a scholarship, and entering the 2002-03 season she was voted as a team captain by her teammates.

'It's a huge honor to be looked up to by your teammates and for them to see me as a leader,' Egeland said.

'Egeland works hard every single day,' said WSU Head Coach Sherri Murrell. 'She's one of the most coachable kids that I have ever had.'

It's that hard work that earned her a spot on the roster in the first place.

'I worked all summer, lifting, shooting, playing, running,' said Egeland. 'Persistence and hard work helped and carried me through.'

The hard work has more than paid off. Egeland is leading the team in minutes played and is the only player who has started all 25 games this season.

Egeland started the season off hot scoring a career-high 18 points against Wyoming, Nov. 22 and added another 11 at Montana State three days later.

But her biggest game came in a 67-64 win against California, Feb. 13. Egeland scored 17 points while shooting 5-of-7 from the floor and 3-of-5 from three-point range. The final trey proved to be the biggest as it gave the Cougars the lead for good at 63-60 with 1:15 left. She also added two huge free throws in the final moments to help clinch the victory.

'She came through big for us,' Murrell said of Egeland's play against California. 'We wouldn't have won without her scoring. That was a great reward for her because Lindsey really is a team player and wants the team to win.'

With the season winding down, the Cougars will rely on Egeland's hard work and leadership to help carry them down the stretch and into the Pac-10 tournament.

'She does all the little things,' Murrell said. 'She's not inconsistent with her work ethic.'

After the season Egeland plans to sit down and make some goals of her own and see what is in store for both herself and the team as the Cougars continue process of rebuilding the program into a contender once again.
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