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Athlete of the Week: UMD’s Brooke Olson

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DULUTH, MN- Basketball runs deep in Brooke Olson's family.

The UMD forward is making a big impact just like her parents did at the collegiate level.

Olson is currently averaging 15 points per game for the Bulldogs.

Training with former Michigan Tech head coach, who just so happens to be her mom, Darla Olson is what the sophomore credits to the success of her recent play.

"She works me out and pushes me to the best of my ability. She has really created my best self and she's been so influential on how I am as a player. I'm just so grateful for her and I love her so much," said Olson.

Head Coach Mandy Pearson says Olson has made big strides over the past year.

"Teams are throwing different things at her. (Chop) She's learning how to make the right play. Last year she'd put the ball down right away and this year she's looking, she can see the pass. She's a very effective player with the basketball," said Pearson.

At the beginning of the year, things weren't looking good for Olson and company, starting off on a three-game losing streak. But, 6 straight wins later, the Bulldogs are back in the hunt for the NSIC title.

"I think the first three games we dropped in Missouri we're really good learning opportunities for us. And we came back and said that wasn't going to happen anymore. We got better of it and then we learned from our mistakes," said Olson.

As with all players, a national title is the ultimate goal. Olson can agree with that but she also wants to be known for something else.

"I just love being a great teammate. Getting as many touches as possible with my teammates and cheering on the bench, that's also really fun for me. Just always having that positive energy, firing people up. That's what I want to be known for. I want to be known as one of the best teammates and one of the best players in UMD history," said Olson.

UMD will play at Sioux Falls on Friday. Tip-off is at 5:30 PM.

Neil Vierzba

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