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Swenson brings MSUM intensity

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Allison Swenson can't hide her intensity. The Minnesota State University Moorhead fifth-year senior scowls, screams, throws her hands in the air in disgust and pumps her fist with delight on the basketball court. Swenson's face...

MOORHEAD, Minn. -- Allison Swenson can't hide her intensity.

The Minnesota State University Moorhead fifth-year senior scowls, screams, throws her hands in the air in disgust and pumps her fist with delight on the basketball court.

Swenson's face contorts more times than Jim Carrey in an Ace Ventura movie.

And she rarely smiles.

"I think some people might mistake it for a bad attitude," Dragons coach Karla Nelson said. "But she really loves to competing. She just wants to compete at the highest level game in and game out."

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Reserved, quiet and thoughtful off the court, Swenson's emotional style and athleticism have helped her become a fixture in the MSUM lineup for four seasons. She leads the Dragons with 16 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

A 6-foot-1 forward from Halliday, Swenson began cultivating her intensity on her family's farm with the help of older brother, Doug.

Doug Swenson, a 6-10 former standout at Creighton, instilled toughness into Allison with games of one-on-one both in and out of the house.

"In the winter time we had a Nerf hoop set up," said Doug, who played professionally in Las Vegas following his graduation from Creighton in 1999. "We would raise hell in my mom's kitchen. Don't ask my mom how much stuff we broke."

Allison began to take on some of her brother's traits.

The serious glare, contorted facial expressions and fierce competitive streak all came out.

"People say we have the same facial expressions," Allison said.

Allison floated under the radar of many college coaches throughout her prep career at Golden Valley-Dodge-Halliday.

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Nelson noticed Allison's passion and raw skills during an MSUM basketball camp.

Swenson made an immediate impression during her first practices with the Dragons.

"I just remember (teammates) getting mad at me," Swenson said. "I always play hard and they were like, 'What are you doing?' Now I understand what they were thinking."

Swenson, who is 10th on the Dragons career-scoring list with 1,137 points, says she's learned to keep her emotions from running out of control.

However, her intensity has never wavered - even in practice.

"Some days there is no room for girls in the paint," Nelson said. "You better play like a woman or your going to get hurt out there. ... I wouldn't trade her for the world."

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