The Women’s Basketball Team hosts Dominican University (Ill.) on Friday November 13 for their opening game of the season. The game tips off at 7:00 p.m. in Anderson Athletic Center.
This game will be the first of two home games that the team will play while the student body is still on campus. It will be a good opportunity for this year’s team to get off to a strong start in front of home fans and build from it going forward.
“I think it’s important for this team to find its own identity. We have a lot of young players who are capable of stepping up and taking on bigger roles,” Head Coach Katie Miller said.
This will be Coach Miller’s fifth season in charge. Last year the team made the postseason conference tournament for the first time ever under the new format.
Even though the team lost five seniors from last season, they are still returning ten players. Along with the ten returners, the Hornets added three first-years with Amanda Moss K’19, Eliza McCall K’19, and Victoria Beehler K’19.
Adding players was not the limit for Coach Miller this off season, she also brought in two new coaches to the program. Jordan Bell joined the team after serving as an assistant at the University of Mount Union for three years. Dan Thornton also joined the coaching staff after more than 15 years of coaching in the Kalamazoo area at both high school and collegiate levels.
Possibly the most important thing for the Hornets this season is the fact that they return their starting All-MIAA First Team point guard Kelsey Adamski K’16. Last season Adamski led the team in scoring with 11.5 points per game, assists with 115 and steals with 59. She individually led the MIAA in assists as well.
This season the goal will be to make the top four and achieve the post season conference tournament again. Coach Miller said, “There’s some tough teams and it’s going to be a battle. It’s a matter of being prepared for every single game that we play.”