2016 athletes of the year
Ellen Nystrom, College Female Athlete of the Year Basketball Year Honored : 2016
Ellen Nystrom
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Colorado State University, College Female Athlete of the Year

If there is a part of Ellen Nystrom's game Colorado State women’s basketball coach Ryun Williams favors, it would be the sum of the parts. 

The fact that the guard can do it all — and very well — was crucial to the Rams’ success in 2016, leading the program back into the national conversation and to a third consecutive Mountain West regular-season championship. The opposition took note too, naming Nystrom the conference player of the year after averaging 10.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.7 steals per contest.

“Her year has been outstanding,” said Williams when her award was announced. “What she means to our basketball team, the numbers don’t do justice. I think everybody got it right.” 

Now a senior, the product of Lulea, Sweden started every of her CSU career games through January of 2017. She helped Colorado State make an undefeated run (18-0) to the Mountain West regular-season title in 2016, then played a vital role as the Rams won the conference tournament to reach the NCAA Tournament and crack The Associated Press Top 25 for the first time since 2002. Colorado State finished the season 31-2.

Nystrom’s 186 assists established a single-season school record, eclipsing the mark held by Becky Hammon. Of that total, a school-record 16 came in the MW Championship game as the Rams rallied past Fresno State, erasing a 15-point deficit completely when Nystrom hit two free throws with 3.3 seconds in the game to secure a 55-54 victory.