By Megan Powell
The women’s basketball team opens its season this Sunday.
“Fans can expect to see high energy and passionate play this year,” senior forward Katie Brewer said. “We all have high expectations for ourselves and know where we want to be, which is on the conference champs banner in the gym.”
The program lost three players due to graduation but welcomed three freshmen this season.
“Our bread and butter has always been our defense,” head coach Dana Haggenjos said. “We have a lot of options within our team. We are very versatile and we have depth, at any point anybody on our team could be on the floor, which is a big difference from last year.”
In addition to Brewer, sophomore Kelsey Smith, who started all 25 games as a freshman last year, has been involved with the sport since she was five-years-old.
“It has always been my dream to play in college,” Smith said. “I am blessed to have the opportunity to play here.”
As like any other team, the program would like to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, but the team’s attitude determines how far they will go into postseason play.
“Our team and coaches are selfless,” said Brewer. “We want the best for the team. We are competitive and have the goal to get better each and every day.”
Throughout the season, the team helps the community in various ways. Haggenjos said this strengthens the team’s bond.
“One of the biggest things you could do in athletics is give back to the community,” Haggenjos said. “Anytime you can get into your community, it helps your team.”
The team is gearing up for their first game of the season on Sunday at Trine University with tip off at 2 p.m.