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Williamson Glad to be Part of Big 12, Iowa State Family

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AMES, Iowa - Growing up in Kansas City, Mo., Iowa State women's basketball player Brynn Williamson was always around Big 12 sports. As the newcomer began receiving offers from schools, Williamson knew she wanted to be a Big 12 player and attend school not too far, but also not too close to home.

Ames was the perfect fit.

"I knew if I chose this conference that when we played my friends would be able to come watch games," Williamson said. "I think what makes it one of the toughest is that all the best athletes want to be here. All the Big 12 schools have really good programs."

The 5-foot-11-inch wing started basketball at age four in a YMCA league, and has been attending Big 12 sporting events for nearly as long. Williamson says as a young player she idolized her mother who also played basketball and received offers to play in college, but played softball instead.

Williamson's two younger brothers aren't as into basketball as she is, but they'll get a chance to watch her play when Iowa State heads to the Big 12 Championships. After seeing how well Cyclone fans traveled, and watching games on television, Williamson knew she wanted to become a part of head coach Bill Fennelly's Iowa State family.

"You couldn't tell the difference between men's and women's games [on television]," Williamson said. "And when I went to watch Iowa State at Municipal Auditorium I noticed an entire section of Cyclone fans."

Williamson refers to her teammates as outgoing, saying she enjoys how accepting and respectful the players and coaches are at Iowa State. The Staley High School homecoming queen wants to be an overall faster and stronger player before the season starts, and hopes to improve her ball-handling and passing.

"I want to be able to walk in a room and people know that I'm a Division I athlete," Williamson said. "That means working hard in the weight room and conditioning. I just want to get the job done and have people know what my role is. I want to make other people better, along with myself."

The two-time All-State selection helped lead Staley High School to a Class 4 District 15 Championship in the 2010-11. The Lady Falcons finished with a record of 18-7 in Williamson's senior season and advanced to the sectional game.

With her bubbly personality, Williamson may fill the void left by standout Kelsey Bolte, who was recently named Iowa State's student-athlete of the year. Bolte was a leader on and off the floor, as the Cyclones' lone senior last season. Williamson's enthusiasm and versatility make her a candidate to step into the large shoes Bolte left behind.

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