MLC Women Finish Tied for Third in Preseason Poll
ST. PAUL - The MLC women's basketball team finished in a tie for third place in the UMAC preseason poll voted on by the coaches around the UMAC.
MLC must replace the experience and production of a record breaking senior class that helped the Knights to a conference championship and NCAA Tournament berth last season, but the Knights hope the return of three starters and several other major contributors will lead to another season of competing for the top spot in the UMAC.
Post player Amanda Burk figures to lead the Knights’ balanced offensive attack as the team’s returning leader in points (13.2) and rebounds (8.8) per game. Burk also shot .487 from the field and .752 from the line a season ago. She’ll be joined by sophomore Hannah Rothe, who averaged 2.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in limited minutes as she recovered from a difficult injury that kept her away from the court the season before. First-year forward Leah Nass gives MLC an athletic player who can play inside and outside, and she should compete for playing time early.
In the backcourt, the Knights return three experienced players. Brittney Gossen returns after starting 27 games at point guard last season, providing valuable pressure defense and scoring punch (7.8 points per game) to the position. Wings Alex Anthon and Hannah Hackbarth will look to take a step forward into bigger roles as sophomores after strong freshman campaigns. Anthon (9.8 points per game) slashed her way into being the team’s third-leading scorer last year and figures to play a similar role this season, while Hackbarth showed the ability to spread the floor in leading the team in three-pointers made (37) last season
UMM finished first in the poll with five first place votes and 47 total points. St. Scholastica came in second with three first place votes and 44 points. MLC tied Northwestern for third with 32 points.
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