Doucette completes final season at UM-D

Colfax graduate Courtney Doucette ended a stellar college career on the basketball court for the Division II University of Minnesota Bulldogs Feb. 27.

Playing on a scholarship all four years, Doucette was an integral part of a team that went 67-46 over those years. After averaging 5.3 minutes per game of playing time as a freshman, she worked her way through the ranks and started seven of 27 games in her sophomore year, started all 28 games as a junior and 17 of the team’s 27 games as a senior.

Courtney led her Colfax team to a state tournament appearance in 2008, and after graduating in 2009 and being recruited by a few area teams, she chose to play for the Bulldogs.

“We needed someone who could score from the three point range,” UM-D head coach Annette Wiles said when asked why they recruited Courtney. “She could score from anywhere at anytime and she loved the three point shot.Since her dad is one of the most winning coaches in the state, she had a great understanding of the game,” she added.

In her final season with the Bulldogs, the team finished 14-13 overall and were 11-11 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Courtney was second on the team in points with 252 and in scoring average at 10.5 per game. She shot 31% from the field and was 36 of 138 from long range for 26% and knocked down 48 of 62 free throws for 77%. She picked up 57 rebounds, was second on the team in assists with 59 and added 31 steals. She scored her career high of 23 points in her final game in a loss to Winona State in the first round of  the NSIC tournament.

As a junior, Courtney scored 359 points for a 12.8 average, which was second on the team in both catagories and shot 34% from the field. She knocked down 68 triples on 223 attempts for 30% and her free throw average was a phenomenal 80% on 49 of 61. She added 112 rebounds, 86 assists and 33 steals.

“Courtney developed each season as she became physically strong and mentally more experienced,” coach Wiles said. “She came in as an eager freshman wanting to improve herself and had a career high in her last game. She always looked to score and loved to win, especially as a senior.”

Courtney ended her college days with 810 points which included 148 three pointers and 100 free throws, 239 rebounds, 181 assists and 80 steals.

“Courtney has been a tremendous person and student-athlete for our program the last four years,” coach Wiles said. “She has always had a great attitude and has been a dedicated teammate that loves the competition and game of basketball. She is a coach’s kid that gets “what it takes” to be successful on and off the court. She was a player/coach for us and we will miss her greatly. We are so thankful for her parents being so supportive of her and our program for four years,” she added.

After watching her younger sister Mallie play in a regional contest in the Colfax gym, Courtney took a few minutes to comment on her college career.

“It was a lot of hard work and was way different from high school,” she said. “The competition was tough in every game because we played against every team’s best players and they were all good Division 2 players. But it was a great experience and I loved the way my team competed in every game. Our season ended too early this year but having my career high in points in my final game is something I will always remember.”