The women’s basketball team has kicked off its season with a bang. After taking the Eagles to a 16-9 overall record last season, second-year head coach Nate Davis looks to make an even stronger drive to the playoffs this season.
“We want to win the Freedom Conference and make a push for the NCAA tournament. Our overall goal is to work towards the national championship,” Davis said.
Coming off a season where the team only had nine players listed on the roster, the women’s basketball program made an impact as they recruited efficiently and brought in nine first-year players. With more depth on the bench also comes more inexperience at the collegiate level. Many would feel that having such a young squad would be a negative, but, with an early season record of 5-1 and 2-0 in conference play, head coach Nate Davis definitely does not.
“Our nine freshmen bring a lot of enthusiasm every day. They completely raise the competition level at practice and force everyone to be better,” Davis said.
The newcomers will play an important role when the Eagles take on six conference opponents from January 11 to January 28. Davis’ squad was 8-6 last season in conference play, missing the playoffs by a single game, but senior guard Lori Wileczek expresses great confidence in her team this season.
“As a team, we are refusing to settle for anything less than our best, and Coach Davis continues to push us and challenge us every day,” Wileczek said.
The Eagles have picked up two conference wins to start the season and have no intention of stopping there.
“We are learning to play better together and we are capable of some pretty big things this season,” junior Erika Kinney said. “I’ve never been more excited to play in these big conference games.”
Come support your Eagles as they continue their pursuit for a Freedom Conference championship.