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11/16

Wayne St.

65-52
11/17

#20 Gannon

68-42
11/20

Cal PA

66-88
11/28

Fairmont

58-66
12/5

Salem

80-66
12/8 @IUP 56-62
12/29 Malone 70-49
1/2

Rollins

56-62
1/3

FL So.

50-62
1/10 Ohio Valley 75-62
1/12 WV State 49-63
1/14 WLSC 53-58
1/17 Fairmont 51-63
1/19 D&E 67-48
1/24 WVWC 43-70
1/26 Glenville 52-66
1/28 Seton Hill 61-83
1/31 Concord 41-57
2/2 Bluefield 79-74 OT
2/4 Charleston 55-71
2/7 UPJ 74-62
2/9 AB 62-44
2/11 Shepherd 52-61
2/14 Salem 76-56
2/16 OVU 77-57
2/21 Seton Hill 71-66
2/23 WLSC 59-61
2/25 UPJ 77-76 OT
2/27 Shepherd 47-48
 
Season Records
Overall: 11-18
Conf.: 9-11
WVIAC Tourney: 1-1


 


Season Outlook

The Wheeling Jesuit Lady Cardinals are focused on remaining a consistent threat in the WVIAC and the East Region, despite last spring’s graduation of four starters. The Lady Cards welcome eight new faces to the program, along with seven returnees, including three seniors.

The Lady Cards’ recent history includes numerous broken records, a 20045-05 WVIAC conference tournament championship and advancement to the 2006 NCAA Final Four of the East Regional before losing in an overtime battle. That season, the team posted a record of 27-5 with a 16-2 WVIAC mark. During their most recent season, the Lady Cards didn’t appear in the NCAA tournament, but still posted a strong record of 17-12, breaking the record for most wins by a class in Wheeling Jesuit history.

The record-breaking senior class of Lindsay Coyne, Katie Hine, Jenna Johnson and Katie Repicky will be missed. Coyne provided steady play as the starting point guard while averaging 7.7 points and 2.5 rebounds per game. Hine was a strong defensive force as a starting guard for the Lady Cards; she also contributed 6.8 points and 3 assists per game and held the team’s highest free throw percentage at 89%. Johnson will certainly be missed under the boards; she contributed a solid 9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Repicky led the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game and recorded 76 steals on the season. In her Wheeling Jesuit career, Repicky scored over 1,600 points and broke 11 school records.

Head Coach Joe Key (219-125 in 13 years overall) will look for underclassmen to step up as WJU returns only one starter from last year’s line-up, senior Megan O’Donnell. Kristen King, Bridget O’Brien and O’Donnell will offer the team leadership as the three seniors.

The Lady Cardinals have adapted a full court pressurized defense over the past few years, and this season will be no different. With several returnees and some newcomers, the backcourt will undoubtedly be extremely fast at both ends of the court. The Lady Cards return senior captain Kristen King and junior captain Shayla Holenka, both of whom provided valuable minutes as the first two players off the bench last year. Holenka really came alive during the final stretch last year, replacing Coyne as starting point guard after Coyne broke a hand.

In addition to the two returning guards, a handful of newcomers look for immediate playing time at the guard positions. Fresh faces to the line-up include sophomore Lindsay Stuckey, a 2006 Hiland High School grad transferring from Division I St. Francis. T h e freshman class includes Kelsey Deming from Columbus’ Dublin Coffman High School, Bridget Buskirk from Seton LaSalle High School in Pittsburg h , Tonee Hutton from Ohio’s Hilliard-Darby High School and C ry s t a l Williams from Park View High School in Northern Virginia.

The Lady Cards will also feature speedy post players to bolster the team’s transition game. Returning to the starting line-up is Megan O’Donnell, who will offer the team both experience and her leadership skills as a very vocal captain. Along with O’Donnell, senior teammate Bridget O’Brien also brings valuable experience and leadership as another senior captain. Rachel T h o m a s is a force on the block for the Lady Cards. Coming off a red-shirt season as a freshman due to knee injury, Thomas will be expected to dominate the paint for the team. Sophomore Kim Mueller provided key minutes as an intense and very scrappy post last year for the Lady Cards; look for her to provide the same intensity on the court this year. Sophomore Darcy Rusiecki will strengthen the post line-up as she has taken on the role of a transition player.

Unfamiliar names will soon be familiar as freshmen Anda Isofache, Nicole I z z o, and Megan Stuvek begin to make an impact. Isofache comes to W h e e l i n g Jesuit from Romania via Wheeling’s Mount De Chantal Visitation Academy basketball program. Izzo joins K e l s e y Deming from Dublin Coffman High School in Ohio and Stuvek comes from Carmichaels High School in Pennsylvania.



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