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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 Basketball
(11) Cornerstone vs 6:00pm
Hope College EST
GR Sports Hall of Fame Classic (Hosted by Aquinas College - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Live Audio Live Stats
Calvin College at 8:00pm
Aquinas EST
Trinity Christian College vs 9:00pm
Marygrove EST
Thanksgiving Tournament - Hosted by Saint Xavier University
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Women's Basketball
Rochester College at 7:00pm
(16) Siena Heights EST
Indiana Tech at 9:00pm
William Jessup University EST
William Jessup Tournament
Men's Bowling
Davenport at 9:00am
National Collegiate Team Match Games
Women's Bowling
Davenport at 9:00am
National Collegiate Team Match Games
Tuesday, Nov 25
Men's Basketball
Concordia at (OT) 81
(RV) Northwestern Ohio 76
Aquinas at 61
Madonna 52
Indiana Tech at 57
(4) Davenport 71
(11) Cornerstone at 93
Siena Heights 79
Lourdes at 76
Marygrove 54
Lawrence Tech at 45
UM-Dearborn 66
Women's Basketball
Concordia at 81
Northwestern Ohio 126
Aquinas at 75
Madonna 87
Lawrence Tech at 80
UM-Dearborn 57
Indiana Tech at 62
(4) Davenport 88
Lourdes at 68
Marygrove 56
(24) Cornerstone at 55
(16) Siena Heights 65
Monday, Nov 24
Men's Basketball
University of Jamestown at 80
(4) Davenport 79
Saturday, Nov 22
Men's Soccer
(19) Northwestern Ohio at 3
(11) Georgia Gwinnett College 0
2014 NAIA Tournament Opening Round
(RV) Olivet Nazarene University at (Shootout) 0
(7) Davenport 0
NAIA Opening Round - Grand Rapids, Mich.
Women's Soccer
William Woods University at 0
(8) Northwestern Ohio 4
2014 NAIA Tournament Opening Round
Volleyball
(RV) Union College vs 1
(16) Madonna 3
2014 NAIA National Championship Opening Round
Olivet Nazarene University at 0
(13) Davenport 3
NAIA National Opening Round
Men's Cross Country
Aquinas at 5th of 36
NAIA National Championships
Cornerstone vs No Team Score
NAIA Championships (Hosted at Rim Rock Farm - Lawrence, Kan.)
Madonna at No Team Score
NAIA National Championships (Hosted by the Kansas Collegiate Conference and the Lawrence Sports Corporation - Rim Rock Farm - Lawrence, Kan.)
Women's Cross Country
Aquinas at 9th of 38
NAIA National Championships
Cornerstone vs No Team Score
NAIA Championships (Rim Rock Farm - Lawrence, Kan.)
Men's Basketball
(11) Cornerstone at 66
(RV) Northwestern Ohio 68
Lourdes at 52
Lawrence Tech 48
Aquinas at 79
Marygrove 62
Indiana Tech at 68
Concordia 80
Madonna at 57
(4) Davenport 70
UM-Dearborn at 53
Siena Heights 56
Women's Basketball
Aquinas at 75
Marygrove 58
Today
Men's Basketball
(11) Cornerstone vs 6:00pm
Hope College EST
GR Sports Hall of Fame Classic (Hosted by Aquinas College - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Live Audio Live Stats
Trinity Christian College vs 9:00pm
Marygrove EST
Thanksgiving Tournament - Hosted by Saint Xavier University
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Saturday, Nov 29
Men's Basketball
Indiana University-South Bend at 3:00pm
Lawrence Tech EST
Live Video Live Stats
University of Akron Wayne College at 3:00pm
Indiana Tech EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Marygrove at 4:00pm
(23) Saint Xavier University EST
Thanksgiving Tournament - Hosted by Saint Xavier University
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
(11) Cornerstone at 6:00pm
Calvin College EST
GR Sports Hall of Fame Classic (Hosted by Aquinas College - Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Live Audio Live Stats
Women's Basketball
(1) University of Saint Francis at 2:00pm
Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video
(4) Davenport at 8:00pm
University of Saint Francis EST
Live Audio
Sunday, Nov 30
Men's Basketball
Finlandia University at 5:00pm
Concordia EST
Played at Davenport University
Live Video Live Stats
Women's Basketball
Finlandia University at 3:00pm
Concordia EST
Live Video Live Stats
Monday, Dec 1
Men's Soccer
(9) Missouri Valley College vs 11:00am
(19) Northwestern Ohio EST
2014 NAIA Men's Soccer National Championship - Second Round
Live Video Live Stats
Women's Soccer
(16) The Master's College vs 4:00pm
(8) Northwestern Ohio EST
2014 NAIA Women's Soccer National Championship - Second Round
Live Video Live Stats
Men's Basketball
Marygrove at 7:00pm
Eastern Michigan University EST
Exhibition
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Tuesday, Dec 2
Men's Soccer
(25) St. Andrews College at 11:00am
(7) Davenport EST
NAIA National Championship Second Round
Live Video Live Stats
Volleyball
(9) Viterbo University vs 4:15pm
(16) Madonna EST
2014 NAIA National Championship (Tyson Event Center - Sioux City, Iowa)
Live Video Live Stats
(12) Lindsey Wilson vs 6:45pm
(13) Davenport EST
NAIA National Championship Pool Play - Sioux City, Iowa
Live Video Live Stats
Wednesday, Dec 3
Volleyball
(4) Biola University vs 2:00pm
(16) Madonna EST
2014 NAIA National Championship (Tyson Event Center - Sioux City, Iowa)
Live Video Live Stats
(1) Rocky Mountain College vs 6:45pm
(13) Davenport EST
NAIA National Championship Pool Play - Sioux City, Iowa
Live Video Live Stats
Men's Basketball
Madonna at 7:30pm
Concordia EST
Live Video Live Stats
Siena Heights at 7:30pm
(4) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
 
 
 
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