Last year: 5-16, 3-11 (DAC)
The Bulldogs are taking their emphasis back to defense, and there's no better way to do that than to pull former coach Tom May out of retirement. May has helped in early practices, as coach Anne Equihua said: "why not let them learn from the best?" Crown Point doesn't want a repeat of the 5-16 record of last year, but returning several starters is the way to avoid that. "I hate losing more than anything," Equihua said. So does point guard Hannah Albrecht, who will take the ball and control for a second straight year. The Bulldogs also return a pair of inside threats in Katija Tarailo and Abby Kvachkoff, neither of whom are afraid to step out and shoot from the perimeter. Crown Point expects to make last season a blip on the radar, one they can call part of the learning process. "We have just as good a shot as anybody," Equihua said, "and we've done some of our best conditioning in the preseason." — Hillary Smith
Last season finish
Lost in Class 4A Portage Sectional opener to Michigan City.
Leading returning scorer
Katija Tarailo, 8.8 ppg.
Leading returning rebounder
Katija Tarailo, 6.1 rpg.
Hannah Albrecht, So., G: Albrecht had the ball in her hands all last season, and is a year older, wiser and more skilled at the point. She doesn't back down, making her tough to stop.
Newcomer to watch
Anna Eksten, So., G: Quick defensively and explosive with the ball, Eksten has earned her way onto the roster. She's the daughter of Hall of Famer Nancy Cowan-Eksten, and can't wait to write her own history at Crown Point.