Just a few short weeks ago Iowa State held its annual women’s basketball media day and it was a packed house at the Sukup Basketball Complex . After head coach Bill Fennelly finished speaking it was time for the student-athletes to talk to the media, as they all walked out onto the court about 20 microphones found their way in front of senior forward Hallie Christofferson almost instantaneously.
If you follow Iowa state women’s basketball you’ve likely been well versed on the subject of Hallie Christofferson. For those who don’t, she’s a 6-foot-2-inch senior from Hamlin, Iowa and a graduate of Exira High School, which boasted a graduating class of 28 her senior year. Christofferson is the epitome of a small town girl.
It’s hard to believe Christofferson was playing 1A basketball at Exira High School and is now a unanimous selection to the All-Big 12 First Team and an AP, WBCA honorable mention All-American. This accomplishment is a true testament to the saying ‘Hard work pays off.’
One of the attractions of Christofferson is not just her elite skills, but also her character – and that’s the way she prefers it. She isn’t the loud or temperamental type, but the soft, lead-by-example type. It’s not often that you meet someone who cannot remember the last time they were mad or even raised their voice. Christofferson just quietly goes about her business and constantly does things ‘The right way’ as coach Fennelly often says.
“Every day you’re around her you feel better about yourself,” Fennelly said. “Every place she is people love her. She did an internship downtown this summer and I had phone calls about her. She is just one of those people that every single day has figured out a way to make herself better.”
It’s not often that a person leads her team in field-goal percentage (.516), three-point percentage (.401), free-throw percentage (.862) and points per game (15.6) as a junior. In fact, it’s so uncommon that it only happened once last season – by Hallie Christofferson.
Her statistical anomalies don’t stop there, the senior is one of just two players nationally to shoot .500 from the field, .400 from beyond the arc and .800 from the charity stripe last season. The other is UConn’s Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, who won a national championship with the Huskies. Christofferson did all of this on a team with two WNBA draft picks in Chelsea Poppens and Anna Prins.
Christofferson may have gone unnoticed by a few on the national scene, but not amongst the Iowa State women’s basketball community or that of her hometown. This summer she was named the Grand Marshal of the Exira Fourth of July Parade, and had thousands gathering for the parade, all knowing quite a bit about this year’s Grand Marshal.
This is part of the reason Christofferson chose to come to an instate school. She wanted to represent the state of Iowa.
“You see people in the stands you know and you see them so many other times throughout your high school career and they follow you here and they can do that because you chose an instate school,” Christofferson said.
Christofferson, who was named to the Wooden Award List and is a Senior CLASS Candidate, doesn’t pay much attention to what’s written in newspapers or to what award lists she is named to. If you ask her
Although she doesn’t look for articles written about her, members of the Iowa State community make sure she is aware. She frequently leaves church on Sundays with a large envelope of newspaper clippings and internet printouts from fans who take the time to look for what she doesn’t.
If Christofferson’s 24 points and 10 rebounds in Sunday’s exhibition game was any indication of how her 2013-14 campaign is going to go she should expect a few more envelopes of newspaper clippings on Sundays.