By Katie Faulkner @kfaulkner20
Nyla Rueter’s athleticism is undeniable. Diving for loose balls, blocking fast-break layups and intercepting cross-court passes are all instinctive actions.
Rueter could rely on her high basketball IQ and athletic ability to lead her to success, but she strives for more than mediocrity.
The 5-foot-9 senior guard is looking to improve her already impressive scoring percentage by becoming a more dependable shooter.
“I’ve been working on my footwork going into my shot and being more consistent with my shot,” said Rueter.
Even though she is already a 36 percent three-point shooter, coach Jim Crowley has noticed a confidence increase in his senior’s shot.
“She’s a very good shooter and she’s worked hard to get to know her shot,” said Crowley. “Now if she’s not shooting well she knows how to fix it.”
The Bonnies finished just 5-11 in conference play last year, and according to Rueter, the main issue was defense.
“My weakness definitely is going to be defense,” said the Indiana native. “Really, I haven’t been consistent defensively, so my goal is going to be as consistent and as good as I can.”
Last season, the Bonnies ranked last in the A-10 in three-point field goal percentage defense, giving up 152 makes in 30 games. However, Rueter noted this was largely due to the lack of communication on the court.
Crowley recognized Rueter as a player who leads by example, but also as a senior beginning to use her voice, and Rueter agreed.
“I’m trying to be more of a vocal leader this year, especially with directing our new freshman, because we really need them this year.”