Young women's basketball squad looks to dance again

Young women's basketball squad looks to dance again

TACOMA, Washington – Five seniors helped lead the 2014-15 Puget Sound women's basketball team to an NCAA Tournament run while matching a program-best 24 wins. It's a high bar for this year's young squad, which consists of two seniors and seven freshmen, but the Loggers are up for the challenge.

Emily Sheldon returns to the Loggers for her senior year after being named to the All-Northwest Conference First Team as a junior. The Portland, Oregon native averaged 13.9 points per game last year, while adding 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Senior forward Allie Wyszynski can also expect her role to grow after logging 18 minutes per game last winter.

Junior guard Alexis Noren started all 29 games along with Sheldon in 2014-15. Noren led last year's Loggers in assists per game (2.6), steals per game (1.7), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9).

Head coach Loree Payne expects the freshman class to make an immediate impact. Samone Jackson (Edmonds, Wash.) will be called upon to run the offense, and the Loggers will look toDrew Clark (Kingston, Wash.) to help the battle on the boards.

Northwest Conference head coaches predict the Loggers to finish fourth in the NWC, and Puget Sound is still garnering national attention following last year's postseason run. The Loggers are receiving votes in both the D3Hoops.com and USA Today preseason polls.

Puget Sound's season begins on the road at Northwest on Tuesday, Nov. 17. The Loggers' first game is Nov. 20 against Hardin-Simmons for the start of the McArthur Classic. The Classic concludes against No. 13 St. Thomas on Nov. 21. Puget Sound's first NWC is at Pacific Lutheran on Dec. 1.

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