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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
Women's Basketball
Adrian College at 8:00pm
(18) Siena Heights EST
Saturday, Jan 24
Men's Basketball
(7) Cornerstone at 72
(5) Davenport 78
Indiana Tech at 65
Lourdes 68
UM-Dearborn at 84
Marygrove 74
Siena Heights at 57
Concordia 79
Madonna at 70
Lawrence Tech 65
Aquinas at 65
(21) Northwestern Ohio 67
Women's Basketball
UM-Dearborn at 67
Marygrove 73
(18) Siena Heights at 87
Concordia 52
(22) Madonna at (OT) 82
Lawrence Tech 86
Aquinas at 55
Northwestern Ohio 79
(RV) Cornerstone at 48
(2) Davenport 76
Indiana Tech at 61
Lourdes 52
Men's Indoor T & F
Indiana Tech at No Team Score
The Cardinal Open (Jan. 23-24)
Indiana Tech at No Team Score
Defiance Open
Marygrove at No Team Score
Findlay Classic - Hosted by the University of Findlay
Concordia at No Team Score
Wildcat Invite @ Indiana Wesleyan
Cornerstone at No Team Score
Gladstein Invitational (Hosted by Indiana University)
Davenport at 4:00pm
Findlay Classic
Women's Indoor T & F
Indiana Tech at No Team Score
The Cardinal Open (Jan. 23-24)
Indiana Tech at No Team Score
Defiance Open
Marygrove at No Team Score
Findlay Classic - Hosted by the University of Findlay
Concordia at No Team Score
Wildcat Invite @ Indiana Wesleyan
Cornerstone at No Team Score
Gladstein Invitational (Hosted by Indiana University)
Davenport at 4:00pm
Findlay Classic
Softball
Aquinas at Cncl
Saginaw Valley State University  
Friday, Jan 23
Men's Indoor T & F
Cornerstone at No Team Score
Indoor T&F Classic (Hosted by University of Findlay)
Davenport at 4:00pm
Findlay Classic
Aquinas at 1st of 4
Aquinas Quad Meet #2
Women's Indoor T & F
Aquinas at 1st of 4
Aquinas Quad Meet #2
Cornerstone at No Team Score
Indoor T&F Classic (Hosted by University of Findlay)
Wednesday, Jan 28
Men's Basketball
UM-Dearborn at 7:30pm
(21) Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Aquinas at 7:30pm
(5) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
(7) Cornerstone at 8:00pm
Lourdes EST
Home MediaLive Stats
Visitor Media"Live Audio
Madonna at 8:00pm
Marygrove EST
GAME NOTES
Live Video Live Stats
Concordia at 8:00pm
Lawrence Tech EST
Live Video Live Stats
Women's Basketball
UM-Dearborn at 5:30pm
Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video Live Stats
Aquinas at 5:30pm
(2) Davenport EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
(22) Madonna at 6:00pm
Marygrove EST
GAME NOTES
Live Video Live Stats
Concordia at 6:00pm
Lawrence Tech EST
Live Video Live Stats
(RV) Cornerstone at 6:00pm
Lourdes EST
Live Stats
Friday, Jan 30
Men's Basketball
Concordia University-Wisconsin at 8:00pm
Concordia EST
Concordia Invitational Tournament
Live Video
Women's Basketball
Concordia University-Wisconsin at 6:00pm
Concordia EST
Concordia Invitational Tournament
Live Video
Saturday, Jan 31
Men's Basketball
TBA at  
Concordia  
Concordia Invitational Tournament
Live Video
(21) Northwestern Ohio at 3:00pm
(7) Cornerstone EST
Live Video Live Stats
Lawrence Tech at 3:00pm
Lourdes EST
Live Stats
Marygrove at 3:00pm
Aquinas EST
Live Audio
(5) Davenport at 3:00pm
Madonna EST
Home MediaLive Video Live Stats
Visitor Media"Live Audio
Women's Basketball
TBA at  
Concordia  
Concordia Invitational Tournament
Live Video
Marygrove at 1:00pm
Aquinas EST
Live Audio
(2) Davenport at 1:00pm
(22) Madonna EST
Home MediaLive Video Live Stats
Visitor Media"Live Audio
 
 
 
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