TC Women’s Basketball Spotlight 2008

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The Tabor College women?s basketball team has just one win through the preseason so far, and will be plenty hungry for success when the conference season opens Thursday at McPherson. Winter?s team is: back row (from left), student assistant Macy Fadenrecht, student assistant Erin Runge, Eboni Sweat, Sarah Wyckoff, Gina Hullet, Heather Witham, Brittany Roth, Nicole Gentry, Roxanne Stauffer, assistant coach Landon Jordan, Winter; front row, manager Kristen Allen, Amanda Payne, MacKenzie Dick, Kirsten Watson, Andrea Robinson, Katie Mount, Stephanie Silvas, Becca Liebe, Chelsea Malone, student assistant Cheri Mount.

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Andrea Robinson battles for rebounding position during Tabor?s game against Iowa Wesleyan at the Sterling Classic last month.

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Fresh off the volleyball season, Tabor?s Jordan Crosson drives for two points during the Iowa Wesleyan game at Sterling.

Led by graduated star Stacie Herman, the Tabor College women?s basketball team finished fourth in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference last season and pushed powerhouse Sterling to the brink twice on the Warriors? home floor.

This year in the KCAC, the road to the national playoffs again goes through Sterling, and the preseason polls more or less admit that the rest of the conference is playing for second place.

For now.

During the off-season, Tabor coach Shawn Winter reloaded the roster with a freshman class that includes Sarah Wyckoff and Gina Hullet, two post players who will make an immediate impact.

Led by Wyckoff and Hullet, the freshmen class will compete for playing time with a strong group of returning players and transfers.

First among the returners are senior guard Kirsten Watson and senior forward Brittany Roth.

With one season at Tabor under her belt, Roth has been a reliable post defender and rebounder. She also is a reliable contributor to the offense, averaging seven points per game with a high of 16 against Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Watson, a 5-foot-5 guard from Quanah, Texas, has led the Bluejays in scoring with 11.5 points per game through six games.

?Kirsten understands how the game is supposed to be played at both ends of the floor,? Winter said. ?Both (Watson and Roth) provided significant minutes last season and we will look for them for strong leadership.?

With the graduation of Herman and Joanna Pyle, Watson is flanked by returning guards Stephanie Silvas (5-6) and Chelsea Malone (5-7) and by transfer guards Eboni Sweat (5-7) and Andrea Robinson (5-6).

Winter also expects that Katie Mount, a 5-8 sophomore guard from Ellsworth, will see her role increase as she recovers from an arm injury she sustained last spring.

Silvas and Malone, entering their third year in the program, are certainly familiar to Bluejay fans but both will look to raise their game this season.

Silvas has already scored double-digits three times this season.

Less familiar is Andrea Robinson, who played with the Bluejays her freshman year and comes back to the program after a one-year stint at Rogers State.

?She is very athletic, physically strong, and has the ability to make plays on both ends of the court,? Winter said.

Robinson has averaged 8.7 points per game despite a two-game slump during which she was limited to two points.

Sweat, who has taken over as Tabor?s starting point guard, comes to the program from Miles City Community College, where she averaged eight points and four rebounds per game. She is currently averaging 9.5 points and 3.3 rebounds through six games with the Bluejays.

Transfer guard Roxanne Stauffer will compete for playing time on the wing.

?We have a number of players with the ability to score between 10 and 20 points on any given night,? Winter said. ?And our balance should be a strength for us.?

With Roth, Hullet and Wyckoff, returning forward Jordan Crosson and 6-3 senior Heather Witham, Tabor?s post play will be another strength?despite the loss of impact center Katie Fast.

But Crosson, Hullet and Witham are still making the adjustment from volleyball to basketball, and the Bluejays have run most of their offense through their guards.

The non-conference schedule has been unkind to the Bluejays so far, but has served its purpose: to test and strengthen the team.

Led by Wyckoff and Hullet, the freshmen class will compete for playing time with a strong group of returning players and transfers.

First among the returners are senior guard Kirsten Watson and senior forward Brittany Roth.

With one season at Tabor under her belt, Roth has been a reliable post defender and rebounder. She also is a reliable contributor to the offense, averaging seven points per game with a high of 16 against Oklahoma Wesleyan.

Watson, a 5-foot-5 guard from Quanah, Texas, has led the Bluejays in scoring with 11.5 points per game through six games.

?Kirsten understands how the game is supposed to be played at both ends of the floor,? Winter said. ?Both (Watson and Roth) provided significant minutes last season and we will look for them for strong leadership.?

With the graduation of Herman and Joanna Pyle, Watson is flanked by returning guards Stephanie Silvas (5-6) and Chelsea Malone (5-7) and by transfer guards Eboni Sweat (5-7) and Andrea Robinson (5-6).

Winter also expects that Katie Mount, a 5-8 sophomore guard from Ellsworth, will see her role increase as she recovers from an arm injury she sustained last spring.

Silvas and Malone, entering their third year in the program, are certainly familiar to Bluejay fans but both will look to raise their game this season.

Silvas has already scored double-digits three times this season.

Less familiar is Andrea Robinson, who played with the Bluejays her freshman year and comes back to the program after a one-year stint at Rogers State.

?She is very athletic, physically strong, and has the ability to make plays on both ends of the court,? Winter said.

Robinson has averaged 8.7 points per game despite a two-game slump during which she was limited to two points.

Sweat, who has taken over as Tabor?s starting point guard, comes to the program from Miles City Community College, where she averaged eight points and four rebounds per game. She is currently averaging 9.5 points and 3.3 rebounds through six games with the Bluejays.

Transfer guard Roxanne Stauffer will compete for playing time on the wing.

?We have a number of players with the ability to score between 10 and 20 points on any given night,? Winter said. ?And our balance should be a strength for us.?

With Roth, Hullet and Wyckoff, returning forward Jordan Crosson and 6-3 senior Heather Witham, Tabor?s post play will be another strength?despite the loss of impact center Katie Fast.

But Crosson, Hullet and Witham are still making the adjustment from volleyball to basketball, and the Bluejays have run most of their offense through their guards.

The non-conference schedule has been unkind to the Bluejays so far, but has served its purpose: to test and strengthen the team.

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