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Women's Basketball - Wed, Oct. 16, 2013

Head women's basketball coaches in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) have selected Davenport as the preseason favorite. The Panthers received 11 of 12 first-place votes in the 2013-14 Preseason Rating after finishing last season as the national runner-ups. Siena Heights is picked second after qualifying for its first-ever national tournament. Indiana Techs Rachel Kruse was chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year. The Preseason All-Conference Team can be found after the team capsules.

RankTeam1st Place
Votes
Total
Points
1Davenport11139
2Siena Heights1127
3Madonna 105
4Concordia 99
5Indiana Tech 96
6Cornerstone 92
7Aquinas 77
8Northwestern Ohio 69
9Lawrence Tech 43
10Lourdes 37
11Michigan-Dearborn 34
12Marygrove 18

Team Capsules

1. Davenport 34-3 (20-2)
The seven-time defending WHAC champions and national runner-up has a big hole to fill after losing NAIA First Team All-American Karli Harris, but head coach Mike Williams hopes a solid core of players with national experience returning grouped with a trio of experienced transfers will do the trick. Senior Alison Bouman is one of only two players who appeared in all 37 games last season and shot 50% from the field.West Georgia (NCAA II) transfer Brittany Johnson will add strength to the line up having averaged 9.3 points and 7.2 rebounds during her sophomore season and Delta CC product Kelly Dineen touts a slew of honors on her resume.

2. Siena Heights 23-10 (17-5)
SHU returns five of its top eight players from last year's first-ever national championship tournament team. Sue Syljebeck will rely heavily on her back court as Grace Howrigon returns for her senior campaign after being named Honorable Mention All-WHAC while leading scorer Sierra Calhoun and First Team All-WHAC Morgan Warfield start their junior seasons. A recruiting class of highly-rated freshmen should offset the loss of key post players.

3. Madonna 20-11 (15-7)
Despite losing his entire starting line up to graduation, the Crusaders are expected to be competitive in the league. Carl Graves returns nine letter winners from last year's team, including Honorable Mention All-WHAC performer Rachel Melcher and junior Chelsea Williams. Fresh faces include a couple of JoCo signees and a transfer from University of New Hampshire.

4. Concordia 28-7 (20-2)
First year head coach Thad Sankey will have to start fresh this year as four key players from last year's WHAC co-champions and national tournament appearance team are gone: seniors Hannah Sabol, Marion Rodriguez and Kelly Cieslak, and WHAC Player of the Year Abby Hengesbach. The good news is Sabol's younger sister, Becca, starts her career in a CUAA jersey.

5. Indiana Tech 13-18 (11-11)
The Warriors are coming off their best WHAC record for conference games. Head coach Jessie Biggs will look to returning seniors Rachel Kruse and Ulyssia Richmond for leadership. Expectations are big for Kruse as she was chosen as the Preseason Player of the Year. University of Toledo transfer Taylor Carver will also figure into the mix.

6. Cornerstone 19-12 (13-9)
Katelyn Cousins and Ashley Niedermayer step into leadership roles to lead Katie Mattera's Golden Eagles. Newcomer Emma Lockhart, who averaged 12.3 points, 5.0 assists, and 5.0 steals on the Pioneer Dream Team, looks to lessen the loss of Third Team All-American Robyn Veltkamp.

7. Aquinas 12-16 (8-14)
With the return of Taelor Sanders and Allison Heberlien, the Saints look to push into the upper half of the league standings. Linda Nash added some speed to the roster in Kelsey Spitzley and Taylor Pitss, a pair of All-League performers.

8. Northwestern Ohio 11-20 (8-14)
Rebecca Puckett rejoins the team after missing last season with an injury. Three key returners in Lauren Hopfner, Sammi Dervisevic and Kylie Kahlig will provide leadership for Kyle Menchhofer.

9. Lawrence Tech 7-19 (5-17)
The Bleu Devils return all letter winners from last year's team. Leading scorer Jackie Hood and team captain Allison Bicknell return for their senior seasons and head coach Mary Pinkowski added four high school standouts to the mix.

10. Lourdes 9-21 (6-16)
Seasoned coach Karen McConnell starts her first year with the Gray Wolves with 12 varsity players from last year. Lauren Tilden, Emily Orsini, and Tiffany Scott provided nearly 25 of the team's points and will look to a few newcomers for help.

11. Michigan-Dearborn 10-19 (9-13)
This season looks to be a rebuilding year for UMD with new coach Dymetrius Ware and a roster of new players. The team lost standout Chelsea Davis to graduation and look to replace her with Jalissa Williams and Danielle Cowart.

12. Marygrove 1-27 (0-22)
Senior Ciara Moore leads a revamped roster for Tony Hitchcock. A deep, talented recruiting class has the Mustangs poised for an improved season.

Preseason All-Conference Team
Rachel Kruse, Indiana Tech
Morgan Warfield, Siena Heights
Ulyssia Richmond, Indiana Tech
Rachel Melcher, Madonna
Taelor Sanders, Aquinas

 

 
Today
Men's Soccer
(RV) Northwestern Ohio vs 2
(RV) SCAD Savannah 1
William Carey University Tournament
UM-Dearborn at 7:00pm
(RV) Olivet Nazarene University EST
Madonna at 2
(RV) Cardinal Stritch University 0
Match to be played at Bavarian Soccer Complex (Glendale, Wisc.)
Women's Soccer
Goshen College at 0
Concordia 2
Concordia Classic
(RV) Northwestern Ohio vs (2OT) 4
Thomas University 3
Volleyball
Siena Heights vs  
TBA  
Saint Xavier/Trinity Christian Crossover
Siena Heights vs  
TBA  
Saint Xavier/Trinity Christian Crossover
Northwestern Ohio vs 2
Taylor University 3
ERAU Labor Day Classic (Note: Live Video is $7.95 per match)
(24) Davenport vs 1
(5) Northwestern College 3
Bruin Labor Day Classic (Hosted by Bellevue University - Bellevue, Neb.)
(14) Oklahoma Baptist University vs 3
(4) Madonna 2
ERAU Labor Day Classic (hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Faulkner University vs 3
Marygrove 1
Mariner Invitational - Hosted by College of Coastal Georgia
Bethel College vs 1
Indiana Tech 3
Indiana Wesleyan Crossover (Marion, Ind.)
Finlandia University at 0
Concordia 3
Northwestern Ohio vs 1
Grace College 3
ERAU Labor Day Classic (Note: Live Video is $7.95 per match)
Spring Arbor University vs 0
Lourdes 3
Saint Xavier/Trinity Christian Crossover (Chicago, Ill.)
(RV) Cornerstone vs 3
Saint Ambrose University 1
Trinity Christian / St. Xavier Tournament
(24) Davenport vs 3
(16) MidAmerica Nazarene University 1
Bruin Labor Day Classic (Hosted by Bellevue University - Bellevue, Neb.)
Marygrove at 0
College of Coastal Georgia 3
Mariner Invitational - Hosted by College of Coastal Georgia
(4) Madonna at 3
(21) Embry-Riddle 1
ERAU Labor Day Classic (hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Indiana Tech at 0
(20) Indiana Wesleyan University 3
Indiana Wesleyan Crossover (Marion, Ind.)
Lourdes at 9:00pm
Saint Xavier University EST
Saint Xavier/Trinity Christian Crossover (Chicago, Ill.)
Live Video Live Stats
(RV) Cornerstone at 9:00pm
(RV) Trinity Christian College EST
Trinity Christian / St. Xavier Tournament
Live Video Live Stats
Men's Cross Country
Concordia at  
Olivet and Lansing CC
UM-Dearborn vs 6:00pm
Golden Grizzly Invite - Rochester, MI
Lourdes at 6:30pm
Beaver Invitational (Bluffton, Ohio)
Women's Cross Country
Siena Heights vs  
Jeff Drenth Memorial @ Central Michigan
Lourdes at 6:00pm
Beaver Invitational (Bluffton, Ohio)
Men's Tennis
Huntington University at 0
Northwestern Ohio 9
Women's Tennis
Huntington University at 1
Northwestern Ohio 8
Men's Golf
Siena Heights at  
Olivet College - Lou Collins Invitational - Bedford Valley Golf Course
Today
Men's Soccer
(RV) Northwestern Ohio vs 2
(RV) SCAD Savannah 1
William Carey University Tournament
Madonna at 2
(RV) Cardinal Stritch University 0
Match to be played at Bavarian Soccer Complex (Glendale, Wisc.)
Women's Soccer
Goshen College at 0
Concordia 2
Concordia Classic
(RV) Northwestern Ohio vs (2OT) 4
Thomas University 3
Volleyball
Northwestern Ohio vs 2
Taylor University 3
ERAU Labor Day Classic (Note: Live Video is $7.95 per match)
(24) Davenport vs 1
(5) Northwestern College 3
Bruin Labor Day Classic (Hosted by Bellevue University - Bellevue, Neb.)
(14) Oklahoma Baptist University vs 3
(4) Madonna 2
ERAU Labor Day Classic (hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Faulkner University vs 3
Marygrove 1
Mariner Invitational - Hosted by College of Coastal Georgia
Bethel College vs 1
Indiana Tech 3
Indiana Wesleyan Crossover (Marion, Ind.)
Finlandia University at 0
Concordia 3
Northwestern Ohio vs 1
Grace College 3
ERAU Labor Day Classic (Note: Live Video is $7.95 per match)
Spring Arbor University vs 0
Lourdes 3
Saint Xavier/Trinity Christian Crossover (Chicago, Ill.)
(RV) Cornerstone vs 3
Saint Ambrose University 1
Trinity Christian / St. Xavier Tournament
(24) Davenport vs 3
(16) MidAmerica Nazarene University 1
Bruin Labor Day Classic (Hosted by Bellevue University - Bellevue, Neb.)
Marygrove at 0
College of Coastal Georgia 3
Mariner Invitational - Hosted by College of Coastal Georgia
(4) Madonna at 3
(21) Embry-Riddle 1
ERAU Labor Day Classic (hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Indiana Tech at 0
(20) Indiana Wesleyan University 3
Indiana Wesleyan Crossover (Marion, Ind.)
Men's Tennis
Huntington University at 0
Northwestern Ohio 9
Women's Tennis
Huntington University at 1
Northwestern Ohio 8
Women's Golf
Madonna vs Out
Crusader Classic at Treetops (hosted by Madonna University - The Tradition - Gaylord, Mich.)
Davenport at 8:00am
Crusader Classic (Hosted by Madonna University - Treetops Resort - Gaylord, Mich.)
Yesterday
Volleyball
(24) Davenport at 1
(7) Midland University 3
Men's Tennis
Northwestern Ohio at 9
Taylor University 0
Women's Tennis
Northwestern Ohio at 9
Taylor University 0
Women's Golf
Madonna vs 2nd of 5
Crusader Classic at Treetops (hosted by Madonna University - The Tradition - Gaylord, Mich.)
Davenport at 4th of 5
Crusader Classic (Hosted by Madonna University - Treetops Resort - Gaylord, Mich.)
Wednesday, Aug 27
Men's Soccer
Madonna at (OT) 1
Saginaw Valley State University 1
Indiana Tech at 5
Trinity Christian College 2
Cleary University at 0
Aquinas 5
Goshen College at 2
Siena Heights 1
Today
Volleyball
Lourdes at 9:00pm
Saint Xavier University EST
Saint Xavier/Trinity Christian Crossover (Chicago, Ill.)
Live Video Live Stats
(RV) Cornerstone at 9:00pm
(RV) Trinity Christian College EST
Trinity Christian / St. Xavier Tournament
Live Video Live Stats
Saturday, Aug 30
Men's Soccer
(25) Belhaven University vs 5:00pm
(21) Davenport EST
Capital City Classic hosted by Auburn Montgomery - Montgomery, Ala.
Live Stats
Shawnee State University at 7:00pm
Indiana Tech EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Volleyball
Northwestern Ohio vs 9:00am
Saint Thomas University EST
ERAU Labor Day Classic (Note: Live Video is $7.95 per match)
Live Video Live Stats
(24) Davenport vs 10:00am
(13) Dordt College EST
Bruin Labor Day Classic (Hosted by Bellevue University - Bellevue, Neb.)
Live Stats
University of Saint Francis vs 11:00am
Lourdes EST
Saint Xavier/Trinity Christian Crossover (Palos Heights, Ill.)
Live Stats
Northwestern Ohio vs 11:00am
Texas Wesleyan University EST
ERAU Labor Day Classic
Live Stats
(3) Wayland Baptist University vs 11:30am
(4) Madonna EST
ERAU Labor Day Classic (hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Live Stats
Webber International vs 11:30am
Marygrove EST
Mariner Invitational - Hosted by College of Coastal Georgia
Live Video Live Stats
(RV) Cornerstone vs 1:00pm
(10) Lindsey Wilson EST
Trinity Christian / St. Xavier Tournament
Live Video Live Stats
Bryan College vs 2:00pm
(4) Madonna EST
ERAU Labor Day Classic (hosted by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach, Fla.)
Live Stats
Mount Mercy University vs 3:00pm
Lourdes EST
Saint Xavier/Trinity Christian Crossover (Palos Heights, Ill.)
Live Stats
(RV) Cornerstone vs 3:00pm
Roosevelt University EST
Trinity Christian / St. Xavier Tournament
Live Video Live Stats
Brenau University vs 4:30pm
Marygrove EST
Mariner Invitational - Hosted by College of Coastal Georgia
Live Video Live Stats
Sunday, Aug 31
Men's Soccer
Viterbo University vs 3:00pm
Madonna EST
Match to be played at Bavarian Soccer Complex (Glendale, Wisc.)
Live Video
Monday, Sep 1
Men's Soccer
Lawrence Tech at 2:00pm
Huntington University EST
Live Video
(21) Davenport at 5:30pm
(2) Auburn University Montgomery EST
Capital City Classic hosted by Auburn Montgomery - Montgomery, Ala.
Live Stats
Wednesday, Sep 3
Women's Soccer
Goshen College at 5:00pm
Lawrence Tech EST
Live Video
Volleyball
Marygrove at 7:00pm
Lourdes EST
Live Stats
 
 
 
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