Women’s basketball prepares for season

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Photo by Steve Woltmann
Kristen Gillespie prepares for her second season as the Flyers head coach.

Joyce Balash, Sports Editor

With a roster of 14 talented competitors, two dedicated managers and four coaches who will stop at nothing to help their team achieve big things, the Lewis women’s basketball team is gearing up for what looks to be a successful season.

Women’s basketball has a history for being a top program in the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and in the NCAA Division II league. The team has made appearances in the GLVC women’s basketball conference tournament for five years and has qualified for the NCAA Midwest regional competition for the past four seasons in a row.

The Flyers finished their 2015-2016 season 28-3 and undefeated in conference. They were knocked out of the conference tournament in the second round and didn’t make it past the first round of regionals.

This year will be different. The women’s basketball team is going to use their veterans and newcomers to make this season one to remember.

Returning for the Flyers is All-American senior Jamie Johnson. Johnson was an asset for the Flyers during her 2014- 2015 season, playing in all 34 of the team’s games. She averaged 18.2 points per game and scored a total of 619 points on the season.

She was expected to be a leader on the team again for the 2015-2016 season; however, Johnson suffered a season ending injury just six games in.

Back and better than ever, Johnson is going to be a key player for the Flyers this year.

Sophomore Jessica Kelliher is back for her second season with the Flyers and is expected to be just as successful as she was last year. Being named the GLVC Freshman of the Year for the 2015-2016 season, Kelliher was the nation’s leading freshman scorer with 18.3 points per game.

Senior Alyssa Swiek is back for her last season as a Flyer. After starting in all 31 games of the season last year, Swiek has worked to establish her spot on the team and is constantly contributing.

Six new players joined the Flyers this year, two being transfer students and the rest are freshman.

The team has been spending hours in the gym preparing for the start of their season. They have excelled on the court and in the weight room to make sure they are ready to see competition on opening day.

The Flyers started competition yesterday against University of Iowa for their exhibition game. They will continue play at the University of Indianapolis against Walsh on Nov. 11 and Findlay on Nov. 13.

The home opener for the Flyers is on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. as they take on Upper Iowa.

Joyce Balash
Joyce Balash is a junior public relations/advertising major with minors in marketing and organizational communication. This is her first year as sports editor for The Flyer. She is also a member of the Lewis women’s volleyball team.

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