The WHAC women's basketball preseason poll was announced yesterday afternoon and the head women's basketball coaches selected Cornerstone to finish sixth. Davenport received 11 first place votes to claim the preseason title. Siena Heights was voted second with Madonna (3rd) Concordia (4th) and Indiana Tech (5th) while Cornerstone followed behind. In her second season, Coach Katie Mattera will look to have a successful season in hopes of finishing better than sixth.
After graduating three seniors including Third Team All-American Robyn Veltkamp, Mattera returns three key returns. Senior Katelyn Cousins, junior Ashley Niedermayer and sophomore Jill Hendrickson will bring leadership and experience during the 2013-14 season. Mattera also brings in six newcomers that will make contributions to this year's team.
Cornerstone begins their season at the Purdue Calumet Tournament in Hammond, Ind., on Nov. 1-2.
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Last Season: 19-12 overall, 13-9 WHAC
Key returning players: Katelyn Cousins 6.61PPG, Jill Hendrickson 9.16PPG, 5.97RPG and WHAC All-Newcomer Team, Ashley Niedermayer 5.90PPG and 8.87RPG (21st in Division II in Total Rebounds)
Newcomers: Shelby Peterson (Spring Arbor University), Emma Lockhart 12.3PPG, 5APG and 5SPG (Reed City), Samantha Kolenda (Sparta High School), Mari Bugg (Grandville High School), Alyssa Van Ham (Hudsonville High School), Taylor Dean (West Ottawa)
Key games: Purdue Calumet Tournament (Nov. 1-2), Davenport (Nov. 20), Madonna (Dec. 7), Siena Heights (Jan. 22), Concordia (Feb. 8)