From the start of the season one of head coach Bill Fennelly’s ever popular one-liners was in regards to how quiet this year’s team was, “We’re so quiet that we could practice in a library and we wouldn’t disturb anybody,” Fennelly said.
His comment always got a chuckle or two from someone in the audience, but he is right in saying this year’s team is extremely quiet.
The reality is someone had to be the one to bring a little energy into the locker room.
Enter Nicole “Kidd” Blaskowsky.
Blaskowsky is a 5-foot-7 sophomore from Sugar Land, Texas, who has enough to say for the whole team.
“When Kidd’s around, you know Kidd’s around,” Fennelly said. “It’s loud, and she’s screaming and half the time I don’t know if she knows what she’s saying or doing. She has that mentality and she adds that to our team.”
Her energy is infectious. You could tell from the moment she stepped on the court in the Cyclones’ season opener against North Dakota that she was just itching to make a play and get the crowd going. Blaskowsky took two charging fouls both accompanied by a large roar by the Iowa State faithful, but none was louder than Blaskowsky’s.
“Kidd is the kind of person that when she is on the court you never want to tell her to calm down because she makes everyone else want to play harder,” said junior Brynn Williamson after the game. “She made one good pass and got an assist and she is just going crazy, and all coach Fennelly can do is just laugh and smile.”
It doesn’t really matter who is making the play for the Cyclones, Blaskowsky is ready to cheer.
Blaskowsky’s personality wasn’t the only thing shining on Sunday, the sophomore put up 14 points and 10 rebounds for her first-career double-double. She also chipped in seven points and four boards against South Dakota.
Her all around contribution is what her teammates, coaches and the Iowa State fans truly appreciate.
And if you are looking for evidence, all you have to do is pull up any post-game press conference. Any time a question is asked about Blaskowsky and her personality coach Fennelly and her teammates have a grin from ear-to-ear.
“You want every one of your teammates to be that person, but when you have one it makes it a little more special because that’s totally her personality,” Williamson said. “It doesn’t just end here. She’s like that in the locker room and in practice. She literally is a kid with all that energy and all that excitement all the time.”
Blaskowsky seems to bring the very spark this Iowa State team needs. You can say that every team needs a Kidd, but really this team needs a Kidd.