Dani Russo hopes to add scoring dimension for junior college program


FARMINGTON — Piedra Vista’s Dani Russo can take on virtually any opposing defender and attack the basket at will.

The senior shooting guard uses her long, athletic, 5-foot-9 frame to do damage scoring on penetration.

And Russo is convinced she can add that scoring dimension to Colorado Northwestern Community College’s women’s basketball program after signing her letter of intent with the Spartans on Monday night. Russo will join Colorado Northwestern, a junior college located in Rangeley, Colorado, via athletic scholarship.

Russo said the Spartans were looking for a player who can play multiple positions and be an inside scoring threat.

But she also said she hopes to become a better ball-handler and be more proactive as an outside jump shooter.

Russo admitted she often hesitates taking outside shots.

“I don’t know why I do it. I kind of freeze for a moment,” Russo said, adding she tends to pass the ball when that happens. “Everything’s so fast paced, you can’t hesitate. I want it to become second nature.”

On defense, which is her favorite part of the game, Russo said she looks to improve her reflexes and lower body strength even more to ensure she can stop quicker guards.

After two years at Colorado Northwestern, Russo plans to transfer to NCAA Division I Colorado State University, located in Fort Collins, Colorado, to wrap up her collegiate basketball career and her business degree.