Sports Spotlight: Cassie Askvig

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BISMARCK, N.D. - She was a three-time, first-team, all-stater in high school and Cassie Askvig was a Miss Basketball finalist following her senior season at Minot High. Askvig has continued that type of success at the University of Mary.

Askvig gets buckets: in the paint, in the midrange and beyond the arc.

"Being a total threat is important to me it makes me harder to guard it makes our team more diverse and it’s just harder for other teams to predict what I'm going to do and that's just like being a total package is a benefit on both ends of the floor," said Askvig.

In her junior season, Askvig was honored as the NSIC Player of the Year. The first player in program history to win the award.

"We are very fortunate that Cassie chose the University of Mary because she's been the best workout girl that we've ever coached I mean when she gets into the gym its all business and she goes and she's taken her game to place that I didn't know that she would get too and that's a credit to her work ethic," said Rick Neumann, Marauders head coach.

As one of only two seniors on the Marauders roster, Askvig is maturing as a mentor to the underclassmen.

"I learned how to be a better leader, that's something that has always been really important to me. And this year, I've really had to step up into that leadership role, and its been difficult, and it's challenged me, but my teammates have backed me up, and they've helped me through it and I'm learning everyday trying to improve with that," said Askvig.

Ask the other senior, Christal Hearn, about her relationship with Askvig and you would believe that leadership has always been there.

"Cassie is honestly one of the greatest people I've ever met. She's such a joy to be around. I feel like I can trust her with pretty much anything. She always motivates me, she knows exactly what to say, and I think we both have gotten to the point where we know each other’s emotions and what each other is thinking ahead of time. So that's really nice to be able to have somebody as a teammate that really, really gets you," said Hearn.

Before her college career is over, Askvig has one more thing on the bucket list.

"It’s absolutely crazy this is my last year here. I can’t believe it honestly. I want to go to the pentagon so bad. I want to go to that NSIC tournament and that's really like my biggest goal right now for this team, and for myself," said Askvig.

Askvig and the Marauders have six wins already and they open conference play on Saturday in her hometown of Minot.