Stephens Tabbed 10th in AMC Preseason PollStars return just three players from last year's squad that finished 7-23 overall and 4-14 in league matchups
PARKVILLE, Mo. – The Stephens College basketball team has been picked 10th out of 12 teams in the American Midwest Conference Preseason Coaches’ Poll for the 2013-14 season.
The Stars were chosen ahead of first-year AMC school Mid-Continent (Ky.) and Benedictine-Springfield (Ill.).
Conference newcomer Freed-Hardeman University was the selected as the preseason favorite garnering eight first-place votes, followed by regular-season co-champion Columbia College with the four remaining first-place nods. The Freed-Hardeman Lions were 34-2 a season ago, finishing first in the TranSouth Conference and finishing their season in the NAIA Fab Four, in Frankfort, Ky.
Stephens College returns three key players from its 2012-13 squad that finished 7-23 overall and 4-14 in the AMC. The Stars will rely heavily on their only returning starter from a year ago, Dana Heggemann (Warrenton, Mo.). Heggemann averaged 7.5 points per game as a freshman and led the team in rebounds and blocks.
Joining Heggemann as returners are seniors Davielle McCoy and Jenna Zmyslony. McCoy has averaged 2.8 points and 2.2 rebounds over the course of Star career. Zmyslony, who will join the basketball team at the conclusion of the Stars’ volleyball season, played in 26 games last year and averaged 3.5 points per game.
“We will look to sophomore forward Dana Heggeman to be our rock who carries the team forward this year,” second-year head coach Chris Duncan said. “Dana is one of our captains and will be used in several different ways, whether that’s playing the 3-guard or moving down low to mix it up in the post.”
Duncan also highlighted a few newcomers who are crucial to the future success of the Stars’ basketball program, including Seleena Neal, a 5-7 sophomore guard from Crowder Community College, and Michaella Sandy, 6-1 center from Christian High School in O’Fallon, Mo.
“While the Stephens College women’s basketball program is young and in a rebuilding phase, we have also added key players to the mix,” Duncan added. “Seleena Neal has a very nice shot and can get to the basket at will and Michaela Sandy is a talented center who will be a good athlete for us in the future.”
2013-13 AMC Women’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
(First-place votes in parentheses)
1. Freed-Hardeman University (8)
2. Columbia College (4)
3. William Woods University
4. Lyon College
5. Williams Baptist College
6. Park University
7. Hannibal-LaGrange University
8. Missouri Baptist University
9. Harris-Stowe State University
10. Stephens College
11. Mid-Continent University
12. Benedictine University at Springfield