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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
(6) Davenport vs  
(15) Saint Xavier University  
SXU Midwest Tournament (Hosted by Saint Xavier (Ill.) - Chicago, Ill.)
Live Audio
Marygrove at 3:00pm
Saginaw Valley State University EST
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Shawnee State University at 4:00pm
Indiana Tech EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Cincinnati Christian University vs 7:00pm
Lourdes EST
Saint Xavier Midwest Tournament (Chicago, Ill.)
Live Video Live Stats
Women's Basketball
Marygrove at 1:00pm
Saginaw Valley State University EST
Exhibition
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Yesterday
Men's Basketball
(18) Indiana University East at 70
Madonna 66
Adrian College at 60
Lawrence Tech 77
(RV) Northwestern Ohio vs 84
La Sierra University 70
Trip Sports Las Vegas Hoopla
Women's Basketball
Marygrove at 54
Calumet College of St. Joseph 60
Lourdes at 48
Spring Arbor University 79
Northwestern Ohio vs 63
Mount Marty College 74
Friday, Dec 19
Men's Basketball
(12) Cornerstone at 85
(3) Northwood University 78
Marietta Rappaport Family Classic (Hosted by Northwood University - West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Concordia at 67
Central Michigan University 90
(RV) Northwestern Ohio vs 81
(23) University of St. Mary 67
Trip Sports Las Vegas Hoopla
Women's Basketball
Northwestern Ohio vs 83
Hanover College 87
Indiana Tech at 50
(12) Marian University 91
(8) University of Saint Francis at 46
(2) Davenport 59
Thursday, Dec 18
Men's Basketball
(12) Cornerstone vs 90
Edward Waters 65
Marietta Rappaport Family Classic (Hosted by Northwood University - West Palm Beach, Fla.)
St. Andrews College at 66
Marygrove 49
Women's Basketball
Bethel College at 52
Cornerstone 70
Wednesday, Dec 17
Men's Basketball
(RV) Goshen College at 64
Madonna 65
Best Western Crusader Classic (hosted by Madonna University - Livonia, Mich.) Tournament Info
Concordia at 69
Indiana Tech 67
Tuesday, Dec 16
Men's Basketball
Finlandia University at 56
Madonna 97
Best Western Crusader Classic (hosted by Madonna University - Livonia, Mich.) Tournament Info
Women's Basketball
Alma College at 56
(13) Siena Heights 64
Cornerstone at 69
Spring Arbor University 64
Monday, Dec 15
Men's Basketball
Marygrove at 78
Olivet College 72
Women's Basketball
Concordia at 62
Oakland University 109
Marygrove at 56
Olivet College 83
Saturday, Dec 13
Men's Basketball
(12) Cornerstone at 69
Concordia 78
Lourdes at 63
Madonna 61
Marygrove at 79
Lawrence Tech 53
Siena Heights at 56
(RV) Northwestern Ohio 75
UM-Dearborn at 52
Davenport 81
Indiana Tech at 58
Aquinas 60
Women's Basketball
Marygrove at 41
Lawrence Tech 78
Today
Men's Basketball
(6) Davenport vs  
(15) Saint Xavier University  
SXU Midwest Tournament (Hosted by Saint Xavier (Ill.) - Chicago, Ill.)
Live Audio
Marygrove at 3:00pm
Saginaw Valley State University EST
Home MediaLive Video Live Audio Live Stats
Visitor Media"Live Audio
Shawnee State University at 4:00pm
Indiana Tech EST
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Cincinnati Christian University vs 7:00pm
Lourdes EST
Saint Xavier Midwest Tournament (Chicago, Ill.)
Live Video Live Stats
Women's Basketball
Marygrove at 1:00pm
Saginaw Valley State University EST
Exhibition
Home MediaLive Video Live Audio Live Stats
Visitor Media"Live Audio
Monday, Dec 22
Men's Basketball
(11) Saint Ambrose University vs  
(6) Davenport  
SXU Midwest Tournament (Hosted by Saint Xavier (Ill.) - Chicago, Ill.)
Live Audio
Marian University vs 3:00pm
Lourdes EST
Saint Xavier Midwest Tournament (Chicago, Ill.)
Live Video Live Stats
Tuesday, Dec 23
Men's Basketball
TBA vs  
Lourdes  
Saint Xavier Midwest Tournament (Chicago, Ill.)
Live Video Live Stats
TBA vs  
(6) Davenport  
SXU Midwest Tournament (Hosted by Saint Xavier (Ill.) - Chicago, Ill.)
Live Audio
Saturday, Dec 27
Women's Basketball
Washington and Jefferson vs 5:00pm
Lourdes EST
Smokey Ballenger Classic - Westerville, Ohio
Live Stats
Monday, Dec 29
Men's Basketball
University of Windsor at 7:00pm
(RV) Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video Live Audio
Women's Basketball
Cornerstone vs 2:00pm
Northwood University EST
Holiday Classic (Hosted by Northwood University - West Palm Beach, Fla.)
Live Video Live Stats
Grace Bible College at 5:00pm
(2) Davenport EST
DU Holiday Classic
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Roosevelt University vs 8:30pm
Marygrove EST
DU Holiday Tournament - Hosted by Davenport University
Live Stats
Tuesday, Dec 30
Men's Basketball
(RV) Northwestern Ohio at 7:00pm
Holy Cross College EST
Live Audio
Women's Basketball
Roosevelt University at  
(2) Davenport  
DU Holiday Classic
Live Video Live Audio Live Stats
Grace Bible College vs 1:00pm
Marygrove EST
DU Holiday Tournament - Hosted by Davenport University
Live Stats
Olivet College at 1:00pm
Lawrence Tech EST
Live Video Live Stats
Indiana University East at 7:00pm
Northwestern Ohio EST
Live Video
(RV) Madonna at 8:00pm
Hawaii Pacific EST
Game played at Mid-Pacific Institute - Honolulu, Hawaii
Live Video Live Stats
 
 
 
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