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March 20, 2013

Cooperstown grad gives Wells a good shot

This won’t be the last time you read about Cooperstown graduate Holli Erkson.

At least that’s what her basketball coach at Wells College says.

“There’s going to be a lot of news about Holli,” Mike O’Brien said of Erkson, who recently completed her freshman season at Wells. “Obviously, we expect her to be a four-year starter for us.”

O’Brien is already 25 percent correct.

Erkson started all but one game for the Express this past season, helping the team to the North Eastern Athletic Conference playoffs for the first time in the program’s three-year history.

Although Erkson is more of a shooting guard, she started the first half of the season at point guard because of an injury to Jessilyn Artaho-Aki. When Artaho-Aki returned to her starting position, Erkson moved to the two-guard spot.

“She’s a really heady player,” O’Brien said. “She made the transition to college basketball very quickly. The second half of the year, when she got settled in her natural position, she really shot well from behind the three-point line.”

Erkson scored 11.6 points per game in her first season with the Express, second only to junior guard/forward Ashley Roser. She led Wells in three-point-shooting percentage at 32.1 — hitting 35 of 109 attempts — and had a team-best 3.4 assists per game. The 5-foot-2 Erkson also ranked second in steals (1.8 pg) and third in rebounds (4.8 pg) for the Express, who reached the NEAC semifinals and finished 13-14 overall.

“I definitely wasn’t expecting (to contribute so quickly),” said Erkson, who tied single-game program records with five threes Feb. 2 against St. Elizabeth and eight assists Jan. 12 against Penn State-Harrisburg. “I think playing college basketball is so different than playing in high school. All the girls on the team and our coaches were so helpful in helping me make the transition.

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