Scouting Northwest Indiana women's college basketball

Scouting Northwest Indiana women’s college basketball

2013-10-30T21:00:00Z 2013-10-31T04:31:06Z Scouting Northwest Indiana women’s college basketball nwitimes.com
October 30, 2013 9:00 pm

Calumet College

Last season: 10-21.

Star power: Senior Dominique Edwards scored 11.7 points per game last season with 6.9 boards, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks.

Up next: Latoi Merriweather (Merrillville) will be the team’s new point guard after a two-year run at Prairie State.

Outlook: There is a lot of promise for coach Christina Schmidt’s squad and excitement about the CCAC’s new division alignments and the rewards of an intensified offseason conditioning program. Rebecca Arredondo (Highland) missed all of last season due to injury after being second team all-CCAC as a junior and will make a deep team even better.

Indiana Northwest

Last season: 13-17, lost in AII tournament title game.

Star power: Megan Holland led the NAIA in field goal percentage and the RedHawks in scoring scoring (14.5 ppg) and rebounding (8.5 rpg).

Up next: Danielle Zandstra. The 6-2 Crete native joins after two years at Prairie State.

Outlook: With experienced seniors such as Annmarie Keller (Kouts) and Brianne Wischman (Portage) in the fold, along with a strong freshman class led by Nicki Monahan (Portage), a third trip to nationals in the last four years is a distinct possibility for coach Ryan Shelton’s program.

Purdue Calumet

Last season: 21-10, lost in first round of NAIA Division II tournament.

Star power: Tierra Turner (Merrillville) averaged a double-double of nearly 20 and 10 as a sophomore before an ACL tear. She sat out 2011-12 and joined the team midseason last December and averaged 14.2 points and team-high 1.9 steals per game mostly off the bench.

Up next: Three-point threat Cassidy Deno comes in from Benton Central, where she scored 1,228 points in her career, including 16.7 per game as a senior.

Outlook: Three seniors are gone from a team that was third nationally in offense and made the program’s third national tournament appearance and claimed seven spots on the CCAC’s all-academic team while ranking 20th in the postseason poll. Tom Megyesi’s squad is blessed with more talent and can get back to nationals if newcomers stick with the program.

St. Joseph’s

Last season: 1-25.

Star power: Kiki Lyons averaged over 14 points and 3.5 assists per game last season.

Up next: Brittany Morris comes from Whitney Young, a successful Illinois prep program.

Outlook: Another new head coach will be in the gym at St. Joseph’s. Steve Harold won the job over more than 100 applicants after 12 seasons at Glenville State and then six seasons at Drury University where he compiled a 129-52 record, including an 81-27 mark and two titles in the Great Lakes Valley Conference, the same conference that has low expectations of the Pumas, whose lone win last season came against Oakland City.

-- Times Correspondent Paul Trembacki

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