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Alexandria's Amanda Christianson went up for a shot in a game against Little Falls on November 27, 2012. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)
Alexandria's Amanda Christianson went up for a shot in a game against Little Falls on November 27, 2012. (Eric Morken/Echo Press)

Christianson verbals to St. Cloud State for basketball

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Alexandria's Amanda Christianson has established herself as one of the top players in the Central Lakes Conference over the years and a school just down the interstate has taken notice.

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Christianson, a guard for the Cardinals who averaged 16 points per game last season, verbally committed to play her college basketball at Division II St. Cloud State on a full athletic scholarship. The commitment came over interest from many other schools in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC), including Minnesota State-Moorhead, Southwest Minnesota State, Bemidji State, University of Minnesota-Duluth and Northern State University.

"When I went there, I just felt like I fit right in," Christianson said of her decision to play for the Huskies. "I never had that feeling at the other schools. I love the town. It's a good sized town and close to Alexandria, and that's exciting. I wanted to be close to home."

Christianson said she fit in great with current players on her visit and likes the coaching staff in head coach Lori Fish and assistant coach Jessica Abrahams. The new $44.8 million science and engineering building at SCSU was also inviting to Christianson, who said she wants to go to school to become a physical therapist.

Christianson visited every college that was showing strong interest in her. In the end, St. Cloud State fit everything she was looking for.

"I always wanted to decide before my senior season of basketball so I could just enjoy it and have fun," Christianson said. "I'll never get this year back again. It's a huge weight off my shoulders, and I'm just super excited."

The Huskies were 19-9 overall last season and finished in fourth place in the NSIC at 14-8. Christianson said she doesn't think she will redshirt and hopes to earn some time on the court as a freshman.

"They have said that I have to prove myself and it is possible for me to play as a freshman if I show I am worthy of playing time," she said. "I'm just excited to see how good I can be. I know I'm not the best basketball player I can be right now. I know they will make me that much better once I get to St. Cloud State."

Christianson has been a focal point of the opposing team's defense in the past and that likely won't change as a senior. She isn't worried about any added attention that comes with committing to play at the college level. She's more focused on what this team can accomplish together after coming up just short of a section title this past winter.

"I'm super excited for this season," she said. "I know all the girls do such a good job and we all just play together as one. I know no matter what, they'll be there for me. We're all excited for this season to hopefully make it to state. That's our ultimate goal."

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