AMES, Iowa (AP) — Hallie Christofferson goes about her work with the Iowa State women's basketball team quietly, at least in coach Bill Fennelly's view.
He doesn't expect pep talks and long speeches and a lot of backslapping from the 6-foot-3 senior, only results. And in that area, her play speaks volumes.
"She's very understated," Fennelly said Wednesday at the team's media day. "She'll probably have more points than words spoken in her four years here, but she is someone that does a lot for our team. She's the face of our team."
With the departure of post players Chelsea Poppens and Anna Prins, both taken in the WNBA draft last April, Christofferson is now the player the Cyclones will build around in their bid to reach the NCAA tournament for the eighth straight season.
She certainly has the credentials to handle the task.
Christofferson earned first-team all-Big 12 honors last season after averaging 15.6 points, best on the team, and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range and 51 percent overall. She's on the preseason all-Big 12 team announced Wednesday and has blossomed into a star after coming out of tiny Exira High School in southwest Iowa as a virtual unknown.
"Every day around her, you feel better about yourself," Fennelly said. "She's just one of those kind of people that every single day has figured out a way to make herself better."
And according to teammate Brynn Williamson, she's not all that quiet.
"She talks a lot," Williamson said. "She's the first one that will hop into the back of a picture and do something crazy. It's kind of weird to see the coaches talk about her like that. I can see that, but for us, when we close the doors in the locker room, it's totally different."