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Women's Basketball - Wed, Oct. 10, 2012

Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) women's basketball coaches picked Concordia to capture the conference crown. The Cardinals tallied 138 points with Davenport right behind at 128. In addition to the preseason poll, coaches picked Preseason All-Conference selections.


The 2012-13 season looks to be an interesting one. The league has two first-year head coaches and five others with less than three years at the helm. It also sees a nice mix of experienced veterans and young talent.  

Rank, School (1st Place Votes), Points

1. Concordia (7), 138 pts.
2. Davenport (5), 128 pts.
3. Madonna, 111 pts.
4. Cornerstone, 98 pts.
5. Aquinas, 94 pts.
6. Siena Heights, 88 pts.
7. Northwestern Ohio, 80 pts.
8. Indiana Tech, 72 pts.
9. Lourdes, 43 pts.
10. Michigan-Dearborn, 38 pts.
11. Lawrence Tech, 25 pts.
12. Marygrove, 21 pts.


#1 Concordia (29-6/13-2) - Coach of the Year Andrea Gorski (5th year, 78-52) led the Cardinals to their best season yet and a trip to the NAIA National Championship Tournament. Return three starters, including the team's top scorer and top two rebounders, and two others wo started a number of games last season. CUAA has a home winning streak of 24 games over the last 2 seasons on the line.
Top Returners...
Hannah Sabol - (5'11, Sr. F) - First Team All-WHAC (2012)...Honorable Mention All-American (2012)...Four-year starter...Led team in scoring (13.7), rebounding (7.3)...WHAC Player of the Week (2010, 2011, 2012)...Third Team All-WHAC (2011)...Second Team All-WHAC (2010)...WHAC ALl-Newcomer Team (2010)
Kelly Cieslak (6'0, Sr., G) - Third Team All-WHAC (2012)...WHAC All-Defensive Team (2010, 2011, 2012)...Led team in blocks (67) and steals (71)...WHAC Player of the Week (2011)

#2 Davenport (30-5/13-2) - Mike Williams (4th year, 74-38) enters his second season at the helm after tying for the conference title. The Lady Panthers also clinched an automatic berth to the NAIA Division II Tournament by winning their third consecutive WHAC Tournament title.Karli Harris is the lone returning starter and will enter her senior campaign looking to lead a new group of starters. Williams' first incoming class features three players who received All-State honors in their respective high schools and a junior transfer from Kalamazoo Valley CC.
Top Returners...
Karlie Harris (5'3, Sr., G) - Started all 35 games... Averaged 9.8 points...Led team in assists (136) and steals (87)...Second Team All-WHAC (2012)...WHAC All-Defensive (2012)...Honorable Mention All-American (2012)...WHAC Player of the Week (2012)
Leah Sevcik (6'1, Sr., F) - Missed first half of last season due to an injury...Averaged 3.1 points and 2.0 boards

#3 Madonna (12-17/8-10) - Carl Graves (7th year, 82-99) returns nine letterwinners including the squad's top four scorers from last season . MU is deep in experience with five seniors on the roster . The Crusaders also welcome 2011 WHAC All-Newcomer team selection Rachel Melcher back after the 5-9 guard missed all of 2011-12 while recovering from a torn ACL .
Top Returners...
Kaylee McGrath (6'1, Sr., F/C) - Averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game...WHAC Player of the Week (2011)...Third Team All-WHAC (2011)
Michelle Lindsey (5'9, Sr., G) - Third Team All-WHAC...WHAC All-Newcomer Team (2012)...WHAC Newcomer of the Year (2012)...Averaged 13.1 point per game

#4 Cornerstone (18-13/11-7) - First year coach Katie Mattera looks to regroup after losing some key seniors. Half of the dynamic Veltkamp sisters returns, but tAll-American Melissa was lost to graduation. A slew of recruits will need to gel quickly for continued success.
Top Returners...
Robyn Veltkamp (5'8, Sr., G) - First Team All-WHAC (2011)...Honorable Mention All-American (2011)...WHAC Player of the Week (2010)...Second Team All-WHAC (2010)
Kayleigh Hammond (6'1, Sr., C) - Averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in 2011-12

#5 Aquinas (15-15/8-10) - Linda Nash (16th year, 274-188) returns a strong nucleus of players including five seniors.  The Saints will be without Lindsey Karpowicz who tore her ACL this summer. Taelor Sanders has the ability to be one of the top players in the WHAC after a strong junior campaign.  Five freshman will add depth to the program.  The Saints are looking to go more up tempo this season and will key on attacking the basket with strong defensive pressure.
Top Returners...
Taelor Sanders (5'8, Sr., G/F) - Second Team All-WHAC (2012)...Averaged 13.7 points and 6.1 boards...WHAC Player of the Week (2012)...Third Team All-WHAC (2010)...WHAC All-Newcomer Team (2010)
Shelby Carter (5'11, Sr., F/C) - Averaged 8.0 points and 4.0 rebounds

#6 Siena Heights (20-12/11-7) - Sue Syljebeck (8th year, 112-131)
Top Returners...
Morgan Warfield (5'9, So., G) - WHAC All-Newcomer Team (2012)
Amanda Duke (5'10, Sr., F/C) - Averaged 8.3 points and 5.2 rebounds last year

#7 Northwestern Ohio (17-14/11-7) - Kyle Menchhofer (3rd year, 32-29) sees the Lady Racers return nine players from last year's 12-player roster.
Top Returners...
Shaye Warman (5'9, Sr., G) - Averaged 13.9 points...Made 73 3-point field goals
Angie Cates (5'4, Sr., G) - Averaged 6.5 points... Led team with 2.6 assists per game

#8 Indiana Tech (14-17/6-12) - Rookie coach Jessie Biggs may run a new system offensively and defensively, but look for the Warriors to compete and give their all every game. Tech will be looking for a couple people to step up and take on a bigger leadership role after losing key starters. 
Top Returners
Simone Russell (5'11, Sr, F) - Averaged 10.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game...Second on team in scoring...Third on team in rebounding...WHAC Player of the Week (2012)
Ulyssia Richmond (5'9, Jr., G) - Averaged 9.9 ppg and 2.8 rpg...Third on team in 3-point shooting...WHAC All-Newcomer Team (2011)

#9 Lourdes (5-25/0-18) - Zareth Gray (5th year, 35-119) starts her second year in charge. The first year saw some growing pains, but the Gray Wolves have a good recruiting class and a couple top returners to help.
Top Returners...
Tarynn Hampton (5'9, Jr., F) - WHAC All-Newcomer Team (2012)...15.8 ppg...9.0 rpg
Tiffani Blackman (5'9, Jr., F) - 11.9 ppg...9.5 rpg

#10 Michigan-Dearborn (4-24/3-15) - Sheri Washington (4-24) enters her second season on the bench after a rocky first year. Her 20+ years experience with high school, AAU, and Pro-Am is sure to benefit the girls down the road.
Top Returners...
Sara Perez (5'7, Sr., G) - Averaged 6.9 points and 1.1 steals per game.
Kelly DeFauw (5'9, Sr., G/F) - Averaged 6.2 points and 3.1 assists per game

#11 Lawrence Tech (0-0) - Mary Pinkowski (8th year, 78-123) starts from scratch. The first-year program is sure to have a learning curve, but a few transfers should supply the leadership needed to begin a strong foundation.
Top Returners...
Jackie Hood (5'0, Jr., G/F) - Transfer from Michigan-Dearborn
Jill Carland (5'10, Jr., F/C) - Transfer from Oakland Community College

#12 Marygrove (13-15) - Antonio Hitchcock (9th year, 75-139) leads the Mustangs into their first season as a WHAC member.
Top Returners...
Keara Marks (5'9, Sr., F) - Averaged 13.3 poings, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game
Adrienne Weaver (5'8, Sr., G/F) - Average 6.8 points and 2.68 rebounds

Preseason All-Conference

Karli HarrisDavenportSr.5-3G
Hannah SabolConcordiaSr.5-11F
Robyn VeltkampCornerstoneSr.5-8G
Taelor SandersAquinasSr.5-8G/F
Kelly CieslakConcordiaSr.6-0G
Michelle LindseyMadonnaSr.5-9G
Kaylee McGrathMadonnaSr.6-1F/C
Simone RussellIndiana TechSr.5-11F
Shaye WarmanNorthwestern OhioSr.5-9G
Tarynn HamptonLourdesJr.5-9F


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