LYNDON CENTER, Vt. — The Lyndon women's basketball program will open the 2013-14 season tonight in Redlands, Calif. as takes part in the Lee Fulmer Classic. The Hornets will face tourney host Redlands in an 5 p.m. matchup before facing Chapman tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Gone from the Hornet lineup is starting center Dannika Dobrowski, who began to come into her own as an inside scoring option year ago, and former All-North Atlantic Conference standout Donna Lawson, who led the squad in nearly every offensive category over the past four seasons.
Lyndon will also be without the services of sophomore forward Aimee Thompson, who is recovering from respiratory problems. The Blue Mountain grad, put up impressive numbers as a freshman, averaging 6.7 points an outing while pulling down5.7 rebounds.
In their place is a team of smaller, quicker athletes who will play a more up-tempo game while implementing a variety of presses and zone defenses.
Senior point guard Chelsea Watson will look to improve upon her 6.8 points and 2.1 assists per game. Joining her will be junior guard Emily Gray, who scored at a 7.2 points per game clip in 2012-13 and sophomore Chelsea Bagley, who collected 4.7 points-per-game while shooting a team-high 72.1 from the free throw line.
Sophomore Emily Slayton (3.1 ppg) returns at her customary off-guard position and will be relieved by senior Emily Strese, who will see increased playing time in the 2013-14 campaign.
Senior Brooke Parciak, freshman Georgia Bussink and freshman point guard Drew Neal, a Lake Region grad, will also see time in the Hornet back court and also be asked to chip in their share of the scoring load.
Up front, senior Amanda Martin steps into a starting role and hopes to fill some of the void left by the departure of Dobrowski and Lawson. Junior Sarah Cornell and 5-foot-10 freshman Marley Harmon will see minutes in the post as will reserve center Britney Geoffrey, who is back for her third season in a Lyndon uniform. The foursome will get some much-needed help on the boards from North Country Union alum Britni Jewer.
The Hornets were ranked seventh in the NAC Pre-season Poll, only three points behind arch-rival Johnson State, who was picked to finish seventh. Lyndon opens the home portion on Tuesday, Dec. 10 when is plays host to Nichols College. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.