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The Wilkes University women’s basketball team will open their 2007-08 season on Friday night, November 16, when they head to Beverly, Massachusetts, for the opening round of the Endicott College Tip-Off Tournament.
The Lady Colonels will take on the host school in the second game of the twinbill at 7:30 p.m., with Rhode Island College and Tufts University squaring off in the opener at 5:30 p.m. The championship game will be Saturday, November 17, at 3:00 p.m., with the consolation game slated for a 1:00 p.m. start.
Third-year head coach Rachel Hartung Emmerthal will welcome back six players from last season’s squad that fashioned an overall record of 6-19. She will also welcome five newcomers into the fold this season.
“This team has shown a great attitude and a desire to improve during the pre-season,” stated Emmerthal. “We have a nice mix of returning players and newcomers and they seem to have meshed very well. I really like the chemistry that they have developed.”
Senior forward Lacey Andresen, who started all 25 games as a junior, is one of the players that will be counted on despite an injury that has kept her off the floor thus far this season. Andresen was second on the team in scoring a year ago after averaging 9.3 points per game, while ranking third on the squad snagging 5.9 rebounds per tilt. Senior guard Katie Cappelloni, who was a starter in 23 of the 25 games she appeared in a year ago, is also back after finishing third on the team in scoring averaging 8.7 points and ranking fourth on the squad in rebounding with 4.5 per boards per contest.
“Lacey and Katie have stepped up and have become excellent leaders for us. They have been very vocal and are doing the things that we need from a leadership standpoint. Hopefully, we can get Lacey healthy and have her back on the court in January.”
Sophomore Ashley Makarczyk and Nicole Quick, junior Chelsey Gosse, and junior Khadija Bates also return for the Lady Colonels. Makarczyk, a 5-9 guard, played in all 25 games, including five as a starter, and averaged 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. Quick saw action in every game last season and started three contests. The 5-7 guard contributed 2.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists. Gosse, a 5-11 guard/forward, played in 24 games and started one. She averaged 4.1 points and 3.5 rebounds. Bates, a 5-10 forward/center, played in all 25 games a season ago and provided 2.6 points and 3.3 caroms per contest.
The list of newcomers this season includes sophomore Jessica Plisko, a 5-6 guard from Riverside High School, and freshmen Allison Horn, a 5-5 guard from Northwestern Lehigh, Sam Lynam, a 5-7 guard from Quakertown High School, Mari Gabriel, a 5-9 forward from Trinity High School, and Mackensey O’Hara, a 6-1 center from Unatego High School in New York.
“Because of our youth we have spent a lot of time on repetition during the early part of the season,” added Emmerthal. “We are trying to insure that we are running things properly and that everyone is on the same page. This team seems to communicate very well and that is very important in regards to what we do both offensively and defensively.”
The Freedom Conference has undergone some changes from last season with the departure of perennial power the University of Scranton, as well as Drew University. The conference has added two new members in Arcadia University and Manhattanville College.
“I feel that the conference is going to be very competitive this season. In order to be successful we are going to need to put our best effort forward every time that we step on the floor. If we can do this I believe that we can improve on last season.”