Women’s Basketball prepares for upcoming season

Winter Sports Preview: Women’s Basketball

Andrew Elliot, Staff Writer

Fall sports are beginning their descent as the winter sports of Wingate University begin to rise with both Wingate’s men’s and women’s basketball teams starting practice 2 weeks ago.

The SAC women’s basketball champions finished out the season 24-9 after losing to Columbus State in the NCAA Division II Tournament, 79-72.

Senior guard Shelby Tricoli (2016 SAC Tournament MVP), Graduate guard Amber Neely, Sophomore guard Danasia Witherspoon (2016 All-rookie team), Sophomore guard Courtney Robinson (2016 All-rookie team), Junior center Marta Miscenko. Senior forward/center Kristina Rumplasch and Senior guard Alex Tomlinson return this season with two new additions to the 2016 SAC champions roster,  Freshman guard Lindsey Barker and Freshman forward Jordan Quick.

I believe that we will do big things this season.” Said Marta Miscenko, “We have girls with experience and we have a good team chemistry which plays a big role. So, once we get some more into the season and in the groove of things, we should be good.”

 The Triangle was able to catch up with the Women’s basketball head coach, Ann Hancock to talk about the upcoming season. “I’m excited to get the season started but it seems like we don’t get much time for official practice before the season actually starts.” Said Coach Hancock.

“If we can stay healthy, we have a very talented team returning.  Our team is a veteran team with experience. Each returning player brings a different aspect to the game which will make us difficult to defend.”  

According to Coach Hancock, the team only graduated two players: Morgan McGee and Alysia Hudson. “In my opinion, our experience and depth are strong points this season.”

The bulldogs start their season with an exhibition game against Elon University on Oct. 29 at Elon. The first official game is on Nov. 11 vs. Armstrong State in the PBC-SAC Challenge Tournament.

The SAC champs’ first home game is the second game of the season on Nov. 22 against the bears Lenoir Rhyne.

“Our first home game is against a difficult conference opponent so we will have to be ready from the beginning.”

For more information on the season and statistics, go to wingatebulldogs.com.

Edited by: Sara Gunter

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