Thursday, November 13, 2014

UIS women's basketball team shoots for a winning season

The University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball team gave fans a sneak peak at the Blue Madness fan event Tuesday.

When UIS plays its first game Nov. 22 in front of the hometown crowd, the Prairie Stars will have three games under their belt and an idea of how they play together. Those are necessary assets for a squad with 11 new players, including nine transfers.

The Stars will have a totally different look from the one that was 7-19 overall and 3-15 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

“We’re more athletic,” UIS coach Chad Oletzke said. “We’re more versatile. We’re bigger. We’re more skilled. We’re deeper. We want to go at least 10, but I think we can go a little deeper ... 10 to 12. We just have to find a way to come together as a team. We’re going to need time to gel.”

The team was featured by The State Journal-Register on November 13, 2014.

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