Bolte & Garrett: it just wasn’t their turn

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Kelsey Bolte and Diante Garrett are playing their final home games as Cyclones this week. There was a common theme about the two high-scoring guards at Monday’s news conference.

In different ways, Bill Fennelly and Fred Hoiberg both said that their star players needed to wait their turns to take the reins as team leaders.

For her first three seasons, Bolte had the luxury of "standing in the corner" and firing three pointers after pin-point passes from Alison Lacey.

"This year, she made the decision that ‘I have to do this (lead the offense) for our team to win,’" Fennelly said. "In her mind, she (finally) believes that any shot she takes is the best shot we’ll get."

That’s a hard transition when you like to defer.

"You’ve got to be willing to put yourself in that position and, this season, she’s been willing to do that," Fennelly said.

Likewise, Garrett followed directions for his first three years. As a senior, he got the keys to the car.

"His role was to throw the ball inside and it probably should have been," Hoiberg said. "There were some pretty good players down there on the block."

Garrett played that role and never complained, but Hoiberg needed more.

"This year – without much of an inside presence – his job has been to get to the basket and make plays," Hoiberg said. "I think he’s done a tremendous job of that all season."

Tonight, Bolte plays her final game in Hilton. Wednesday, it is Garrett’s turn. It’s your chance to say thanks.

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