Duhawks will take the floor on Tuesday in AWC
Mon, Nov. 16, 2009 - [Women's Basketball]

The 2009-2010 Loras College women's basketball team takes the floor for the first time on Tuesday, November 16, 2009 in the AWC with an Iowa Conference title in the crosshairs. Picked to finish second among IIAC coaches, the Duhawks didn't graduate a single player from last year's roster, which finished tied for second in the regular season.

Head coach Justin Heinzen begins his third year at the helm, and says his team will be the deepest they've been since his arrival.


"We'll use everyone in uniform if they prove they are ready to play, and we'll do it without skipping a beat in terms of productivity," Heinzen said earlier this week.


"I think having the core returning players we do and the additions we've made to the roster puts us in a great position to fight for the Iowa Conference title. The biggest thing will be bringing the same consistent energy night in and night out, in practice and in games." Heinzen added.


The Duhawks will run out three players who averaged double figures a year ago, including the IIAC's runner-up for the scoring title, senior guard Lindsay Bava (18.9 PPG in 08-09). Junior Sarah Pillon and sophomore Alex Hudson join Bava in the double digit category. Hudson was also sixth in the league in rebounding a year ago with 6.1 per game. Point guard Lisa Morrissey tallied a league-best 165 assists (6.1 per game) in her junior season and also led the league in steals (80, nearly three per game).


Among some of the newcomers who will be in the rotation include a dangerous Brittney Cato (Chicago, Ill.), a 6'-3" Melissa Herrmann (Hinckley, Ill.), the versatile Brit Kent (Blanchardville, Wis.) and Katie Wheeler (Glenview, Ill.).

There's not much wiggle room with the non-conference schedule this season, with traditionally strong and nationally ranked teams on the docket, beginning with #8 UW-Whitewater on Tuesday. The Iowa Conference schedule begins December 2 when Loras travels up the road to the University of Dubuque.