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University of Mary Women’s Basketball

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 2:58 PM CST
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BISMARCK, N.D. (KFYR) - The University of Mary heads into a new season with some turnover on the roster.

“Remember when we started last year we were trying to replace three girls that we’re full-time starters or big minutes eaters and were all-time greats in our program and everyone was like what are they going to do now? We turned that into 23 wins and now with this year you’re looking as losing a generational talent like Cassie Askvig, player of the year, what are you going to do,” said Head Coach Rick Neumann.

First of all, you’re going to ask a lot of your seniors.

“You want to have talent and you want to have experience, most people would choose talent over experience but when you get experienced talent you got a chance for a special year and that’s what we have,” added Neumann.

Lauren Rotunda, Macy Williams and Coral Gillette are the Marauders three seniors and they say you’ll see a changed approach to their offense.

“I think we’re definitely going to be a faster team this year and we’re going to have a lot of girls playing a lot of roles. I think we’re all going to fill the gaps that we have from what we lost from last year and we’re just going to all play wherever we have to play,” said U-Mary senior Lauren Rotunda.

“Us playing faster will just put more pressure on the defense, score faster, we just have to get back on “D” and keep pushing it,” added Rotunda.

Lexi Schneider is the only post player on the roster with experience, but Neumann says she’s more of an up-tempo talent as well.

“We’re talking a lot this year about eight, great and late! We want to see what we can get in the first 10 seconds of the shot close and then we want our action to get us a great look and if both of those things fail then we’re looking at what we’re going to be doing late with the basketball whether that’s putting our head down going to the rim, setting a ball screen, whatever it might be,” said Neumann.

One thing that will be different this season is the schedule, in the Northern Sun you’ll face the same opponent on back to back nights.

“You’re going to have to rely on your base principles and then to turn around you might be able to fix one of two areas in a 24-hour segment, but to play them back to back, I think that comes down to the teams that are the best at what they do are going to have the most success this year,” said Neumann.

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