Playing football sharpened Brooke Carlson’s basketball skills | Unk

Playing football sharpened Brooke Carlson’s basketball skills | Unk

“It was an awesome experience. It put me in a position, where I wasn’t the best athlete on the field, and I wasn’t the strongest. Just letting other things that kind’ve made me be a good teammate, how to be a practice player, how to be the one holding the bag that you get beat up on every rep.”

Carlson considered last season a roller coaster because of the adjustments made after the COVID-19 pandemic. While some schools weren’t able to play a full season, the Lady Lopers did.

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“For a while there, we didn’t know if we would have a season or if we would play any games due to COVID,” Carlson said. “Just thankfully our league let us play every single game that we were scheduled to play. It was kind’ve a blessing to get that opportunity, so going in, I think we were a bit unsure of what we would’ve looked like but we were always humbled to have the opportunity to be out on the court.”

UNK went on to win the MIAA title and reached the “Sweet 16” of the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Carlson averaged 10.4 points a game and 5.9 rebounds a game, while helping lead the Lopers to a 23-4 record.

With Carlson being one of the top players returning and UNK Coach Carrie Eighmey receiving a three-year extension last month, expectations remain high going into the 2021-22 season. UNK ranks No. 9 in the national preseason polls.

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