Women’s basketball: Will the added recruits push the ‘Wolves to the promise land?
By Japhe Albu
The weather is starting to turn cold, which means the basketball season is coming off the back burner.
Last year’s women’s basketball team saw Carolyn Fragale being named a Second Team OUA All-Star, and Kelsey Bardsley leading the country in three pointers made.
The season also saw some heart breaking losses and efforts that went unrewarded. This year’s squad is undoubtedly looking to improve on last year’s 7-14 record.
Under Head Coach Jon Kreiner, last year’s Thunderwolves team was extremely dangerous from the perimeter, but the closer they got to the net, the less effective they became.
That, coupled with the team’s inability to get stops at important stages of games, cost them several victories.
Even with a losing record, however, the team was competing for a playoff spot at the end of the year, but unfortunately lost out because of total points against throughout the year.
“Last year was a learning and rebuilding year,” Kreiner began, “which has many people optimistic for this coming year.”
The majority of the team will be returning this year, along with the addition of a very exciting group of eight that should help compliment the team’s style.
While the team has lost their star player, Carolyn Fragale, they will still have her experience and knowledge in a coaching role.
The new additions will undoubtedly help the team to play hard to the final buzzer and add depth to this year’s team, which, according to Kreiner, will be this team’s biggest advantage and allow them to stay fresh in the final minutes of the game.
With the vacuum left by Fragale, the ‘Wolves need a player to fill the void, someone who can shut down the opposition’s best player, control the tempo, and set up the offense.
The team hopes they found Fragale’s replacement in Jylisa Williams.
Everywhere Williams has played, whether it be State side or north of the border, she has succeeded in helping her team compete, while racking up extremely impressive personal records.
Unfortunately, because she is transferring from another school, she is ineligible to play for Lakehead until Christmas.
Kreiner is also expecting this year’s team to be more responsible in the defensive zone, which should make a huge difference in the win column. The team has playoffs in mind, and with the new additions coupled with last year’s experience coming together, should see some exciting results.
Lakehead’s first at home tournament takes place October 3 to 5. Come out and support your Thunderwolves.