NATASHA GEIGER, SPORTS CORRESPONDENT
After last year’s 22-4 season, the Green Knights women’s basketball team returned with most of their core players this year, and they look ready to have yet another successful season. They have started out (UPDATE STAT) after six games. Of course, losing Tasha Giese to graduation created a space that needed to be filled.
“Losing Tasha was huge for us,” said Coach Connie Tilley.
Filling this space is a work in progress, but with five seniors and four juniors, the team should have plenty of experienced players to step in and fill the important role played by Giese.
The Green Knights boast a balanced offensive attack, including sharp-shooting Brianna Byrne ’17, Jill Kleiman ’17 and Regan Carmichael ’17, with effective post-play from Mallory Nickerson ’17 and Heidi Van Sistine ’16. This balanced attack gives the offense a nice flow. However, Coach Tilley emphasized that the team is working towards making the most of their shooting ability by consistently taking good shots in the flow of the offense.
After last year’s success and with a strong returning group, the Green Knights have big targets on their backs as they continue on in their conference.
“Every team will come out and play their best against us,” said Tilley.
This team also features five freshmen who have received personalized help from Coach Tilley. With 38 years of experience and over 600 wins, there is no doubt that Tilley will skillfully lead the Green Knights this year, as well as continue to build excellent teams in the future.
With difficult conference opponents like Beloit College, Carroll University, Lake Forest College and Grinnell College, the Green Knights may not have an easy season, but with their hustle and toughness, they may be back to a number one standing come March.