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The Wilkes University women’s basketball team will open their 2006-2007 season on Saturday, November 18th, when they play Penn State Harrisburg in the opening round of the Dickinson Tournament at 8:00 p.m.
The Lady Colonels enter the 2006-2007 campaign with a youthful excitement and a mission to make their presence known. The squad, who posted a 6-19 record a year ago, will look to make their mark in the Freedom Conference this season as a team exceeding expectations.
“With a roster comprised of four juniors, four sophomores, and three freshmen our youth is prevalent, but it does not tell the whole story,” second-year head coach Rachel Hartung Emmerthal explained. “This squad has a solid work ethic and relentless dedication to the development of the program. They are excited to play and continually looking to learn and grow as a team. We look to gain valuable experience this season. By staying disciplined and motivated, the team can undoubtedly reach their potential.”
Junior captain Lacey Andresen, who started in every game last season, will anchor the Wilkes front court. Andresen led the Lady Colonels in rebounds last season, registering an average of 6.6 boards per game, while also contributing 8.9 points per contest.
A pair of 6-1 centers, junior Karyn Perestam and sophomore Kelly Patchell, will play an important role for Wilkes this season. Perestam saw action in 23 contests during the 2005-2006 campaign, averaging 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. She also registered a team-leading 15 blocks last season. Patchell played in 24 games as a freshman and provided an average of 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds to the Wilkes attack. Sophomores Khadija Bates and Chelsey Gosse also return to aid the Wilkes offensive effort after seeing significant playing time a year ago.
The Wilkes backcourt will feature a great deal of speed and range, with the help of several veterans and newcomers. Junior Randi Corbo will look to fill the void left by two-time All-Freedom Conference selection Rena Bolin. Corbo, who started in all 25 games last season, averaged 9.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 2.2 assists, and .76 steals per game. She will receive help from Katie Cappelloni, also returning for her junior year. Cappelloni played in 25 games as a sophomore and chipped in an average of 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.2 assists.
Four first year players will also vie for playing time at the guard spots. The foursome includes sophomore Danya Dowd, a transfer from Drexel University, and three freshmen, Riverside High school graduate Nicole Quick, Nanticoke standout Ashley Makarczyk, and Pittston Area product Emilee Strubeck.
“The team is focused on two things, improving upon last year’s record and asserting themselves as a competitive force in conference play,” commented Coach Hartung Emmerthal. “With the skills and ability that they possess and continued improvement throughout the season, success is within reach.”