Cyclone players take pridein Welle’s awards this year

Jeremy Gustafson

When a player averages 20.5 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, accolades are bound to flood in.

ISU center Angie Welle happens to average the above numbers, and she just so happens to be a second-team All-American.

But she isn’t the only one who is enjoying the awards.

Point guard Lindsey Wilson takes pride in knowing that a player she dishes the ball to is earning awards.

“Being a point guard I feel good when my center gets second-team All-American and first-team all-Big 12,” Wilson said. “I know that I’m doing my job.”

Erica Junod, who has played in only the last eight games due to injury, also enjoys having Welle around.

“I think the honors that Angie gets are definitely individually deserved,” Junod said. “She’s the type of player that’s just gonna brush them off like `No big deal.’ “

While she is shooting 66 percent from the floor, an amazing stat, perhaps she is most unrecognized for her defense.

“I think defensively she’s improved a lot this year,” ISU head coach Bill Fennelly said of Welle, who is averaging over 1.5 blocks a game. “In the past she played a pretty passive defensive style and just tried to stay out of foul trouble.”

Welle, who is the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in ISU history, is just happy to be on a winning team.

“It kind of makes you think more highly of your team and the kind of opportunity they’ve given me to let me go out there and play,” she said. “