The Fredonia State women's basketball team returns three of its five starters, including SUNYAC scoring champ Becky Hebert, heading into the 2012-2013 campaign. The Devils, 10-15 overall last year, will use that veteran presence to continue to climb up the SUNYAC standings.
Hebert and fellow junior Jaimie Warren form the foundation of the offense and give the team a solid one-two scoring punch.
Hebert's 20.5 ppg ranked 12th nationally in addition to tops in the SUNYAC. Hebert was Second Team All Conference and d3hoops.com First Team East Region. Her 472 points was the second-best season total in team history. Hebert's stat line also included 5.1 rebounds, 21 three pointers and a 78.1 free-throw percentage.
Fredonia State returns SUNYAC scoring champ Becky Hebert.
Warren added 12.0 points per game, ranking eighth in the conference. She was the Devils' top rebounder at 8.2 per game. She also converted 14 threes and shot 73 percent from the charity stripe. Add in seven double-doubles, and Warren put together an outstanding sophomore campaign.
Senior Jenna Austin is the third returning starter. Austin led the team with 23 three-pointers and grabbed 3.6 rebounds per game out of the guard spot.
All told, the Devils return seven players. Seniors Alex Casella and Anna Riley provide a veteran presence off the bench. The other senior, Grace Moore, returns after a one-year absence from studying abroad. As a sophomore, she averaged 6.9 points per contest.
New additions include a pair of Jamestown Community College transfers, Nikole Lindquist and Jillian Brunswick. The duo had previously teamed up at Pine Valley High School. Lindquist averaged 11.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, including 26 three pointers. Brunswick pitched in 8.0 ppg as a sophomore.
Three freshmen have been added to the roster - guard is Brittany LaForce and forwards Sabrina Macauley and Katie Devine.
The Devils will need to replace the duo of all SUNYAC point guard Nicole Calbi (10.5 ppg, 5 apg) and forward Liz Wierbinski (7.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg).
Head coach Donna Wise looks to team speed and quickness to be a strength this year. "We will be scrappy on defense and have more scoring threats than last year," said the Blue Devil boss.
The Devils tip off the season 7 p.m. today vs. Nazareth at Steele Hall.