Gabrielle Ludwig, 50, center left, and her Mission College women Gabrielle Ludwig, 50, center left, and her Mission College women's basketball teammates watch the game from the bench against Contra Costa College in the 19th Annual Comet Classic at the Contra Costa College gym in San Pablo, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 30, 2012.Ludwig, who had her sex change operation in July, is a transsexual player from Fremont and a Desert Storm veteran. She debuted officially the following day in the final game against College of the Siskiyous. PHOTO - MediaNews Group/Ray Chavez/Staff)  

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“She just happens to be a bit taller than everyone else,” said Dale Murray, commissioner for the Coast Conference, according to Edge Boston. “She’s a little older than other community college players, so that’s probably to her disadvantage.”

Age has been a factor during practice for Ludwig. Fatigue has been a problem, and she can’t bounce back up when she falls down as spryly as her teammates can.

“Being part of the team is a big accomplishment,” the transgendered quinquagenarian added. “I have been trying out with a group of young and powerful athletes, and keeping up with them is a great thing.”

In her December 1 debut at the 19th Annual Comet Classic, a tournament at Contra Costa College, Ludwig scored three points in approximately seven minutes of play, the New York Daily News reports.

All three points came on four free throw attempts.

In the next game, a week later, Ludwig scored eight points in 11 minutes.

Mission College next plays the College of the Siskiyous on Dec. 29.

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