Friday, November 16, 2012

Women's basketball season preview

Lutes will rely heavily on youth in 2012-2013 campaign

by Brandon Adam, Sports Writer

The Pacific Lutheran women’s basketball team is young, but the players and coaching staff are optimistic about the 2012-2013  season.
   
“Everyone is just gung-ho,” head coach Kelly Robinson said. “Everyone is out there working as hard as they possibly can wanting to earn a spot.”
   
Though there are only four junior players on the roster and no seniors, the team has a new level of energy  they hope will lead to success. Players and coaches alike are displaying excitement for their upcoming season.
   
“I think being young is our strength,” junior point guard Samantha Potter said. “We’re excited to do something different.”
   
Potter was the team’s top scorer last season, totaling 421 points. Potter’s .525 shooting percentage led the team.
   
“It’s a lot more exciting,” junior team captain point guard Katelyn Smith said of the young roster. “That brings us a lot more energy.”
   
Smith was one of the top scoring players for the Lutes last season with 218 total points. Her field goal percentage was second only to Potter.
   
The team begins its season tomorrow at Western Oregon University (WOU), a NCAA Div. II school.
   
“It’s definitely going to be a challenge,” Robinson said. “Their athletes are all on scholarship.”
   
WOU finished 7-21 overall last season, but the Lutes still see the team as a worthy challenge as they open the season.
   
“It will get us out on the right foot,” Potter said.
   
The team said they feel confident about their upcoming game and that the intensity of their practice and their preseason performance has prepared them well.
    
“Our scrimmages have gone well,” Smith said. “Another week of practice at this rate and we should do pretty well.”
   
Robinson said she hopes the team’s hard work in preparation of the game will translate well to the rest of the season.
    
“We’re working extremely hard in practice,” Robinson said. “We’ve shown some good things in the two scrimmages we had so far.”
  
 Robinson added,“We’re giving more pressure then we [have] given in the past.”
   
Robinson has been the women’s basketball head coach since 2007.
   
Last season, the Lutes went 7-18 overall and 4-12 in conference.
   
PLU was picked to finish eighth, ahead of Willamette, in the preseason poll.
   
The Lutes’ next home game is Nov. 27 against Warner Pacific at 6 p.m. in Olson Auditorium.