Story by Taylor Hodges, Sports Editor
Photo Courtesy of Andris Visockis
Head coach Linda Nash begins her 20th year at the helm for the Aquinas Women’s Basketball team. Backed by assistant coaches Lindsey Karpowicz and Chelsea Matley the team is looking to get back to the success they’ve had in previous years. So far, the team has posted an 0-4 record facing opponents Bethel, Rochester, and Goshen. Half the team is made up of first-year players in Daneigh Wilde, Bri Spica, Janay Taylor, Hannah Brefeld, Tyra Williams, and Melissa Jakupovic, with no one else slated to graduate this year.
“The first-years have made a huge impact so far. They are seeing a lot of minutes early on and are stepping up and making a great transition from high school,” said sophomore Katie Theut. “Their athleticism on the court and their speed and strength makes them a threat on both offense and defense.” Nash also commented saying “I am confident that as the season continues, this group will hit their stride. It’s a process getting everyone on the same page and we are taking it one game at a time and looking for improvement.”
The team still has a few more games before conference play begins and with that they can focus on building consistency and turning habits into instinct. With a young team one may think that inexperience will play a factor into this season’s outcome, but leaning on the returning players will be crucial as the team goes forward. Returning this year for the Lady Saints are sophomores Theut, Anna Omness, Kylie Robb, McKenzie Breimayer, Mary Vojtko, and junior Kelsey Spitzley.
“I see our returning players being much more confident than they were a year ago,” said Nash. “They are doing a great job helping our newcomers adjust to the collegiate game.” Theut commented saying “Once we find what works for us as a team, I believe we will be hard to stop.”
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“I would have to say Steph Curry (even if he is a guy),” said Theut. “ He is an all around great player and leader.” Nash replied saying “It would probably be Diana Taurasi. She has such a keen understanding and she is really fun to watch.”
The team’s next home game is Wednesday, November 18 at 7 p.m. against Lawrence Tech.
About the writer…
Taylor Hodges is a senior majoring in Sport Management/ Business Administration. He is the sports editor for The Saint and interns with the public relations department for the Grand Rapids Griffins. He hopes to one day break into the hockey business as a General Manager, but until then, encourages you to follow him on Twitter and download his mixtape.