Women's Basketball Picked Fourth In UMAC Preseason Poll
ST. PAUL – The Martin Luther College women’s basketball team was picked to finish fourth in the UMAC in the conference preseason poll released Wednesday afternoon.
MLC returns four starters from last season’s team that finished 9-5 in UMAC play and played in the championship game of the UMAC Tournament. The Knights are looking to build off last season’s success in the hopes of challenging for the conference championship once again.
Alex Anthon returns for her junior season to lead an experienced group of perimeter players. The talented wing led the UMAC in assists per game (4.2) during UMAC play, and also averaged 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a sophomore. She will be joined in the backcourt by returning starters Hannah Hackbarth (Second Team All-UMAC and leading returning scorer at 11.9 points per game) and Brittney Gossen (9.3 points per game and strong defender), as well as returning guard Sarah Koelpin and newcomers Erin Schmeling and Mariah Schoof.
In the frontcourt, the Knights return Leah Nass and Rebecca Engelbrecht. Nass played in all 27 games as a freshman a season ago, averaging 8.0 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while showing off tremendous athleticism on both sides of the court. Engelbrecht also adds a good deal of athleticism, having led the Knights in rebounds per game (7.0) and blocks (18) to go with 6.9 points per game in her first season with the program last year. They will be joined by returning post player Sara Willems, as well as newcomers Faith Schroeder and Katie Wilson, who hope to provide depth.
The Knights finished with 33 points in the poll, behind St. Scholastica (46 points and five first-place votes), Northwestern (42 points and two first place votes) and Minnesota Morris (39 points and one first place vote). For the full preseason release, click on the link above.