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  • I have no idea how well the Lady Panthers will do this season after injuries and Covid cost them their best shot at a national championship the last 3 seasons. They lose a lot off of last season's team, including the national player of the year from two season's ago and 2 players who were a big part of FIVE conference championship teams.
    They do return 3 players who could conceivably land on the GLVC 1st team at season's end, and landed a transfer who was named to Conference USA's all freshman team 2 season's ago.

    They also have a couple of returning sophomores who are elite athletes at this level. Anna Hitt is possibly the fastest player in the league and had a fine freshman season. Hayley Mitchell was one of the many players hindered by injury after a promising start to the season. I saw her free a tightly wedged basketball from the rim during warm-ups using vertical on the first try. Not bad for 5'11".
    Freshman Reese Schaaf was a state champion last season and the class 3 player of the year. She will be an immediate contributor.
    Hopefully Mia Henderson can put together an elusive full season as her injury in the conference tournament (where she played very well) and ensuing absence hurt in the 5 point regional game loss against Grand Valley.
    Like Ashland, expectations are always high!

    Not up on all the GMAC but the GLVC will still be tough as Lewis returns almost everyone from last season's conference tournament runner up team and would appear to be the team in the best position to de-throne Drury. The Lady Panthers coasted to a 29 point win in that tournament championship game.

    After not having a good February and March, Truman appears to be on the upswing with some good recruits and a returning 5th year player to go with Weltha. Congratulations to them as It appears some money is being invested in improvements to their locker rooms.

    UMSL will be tough as they return the dominant Kiara Stewart and have good players around her.

    Illinois Springfield returns all their good players and last season was the latest GLVC team to beat a D1. (Bradley)

    SBU appears to have built a defensive team after having some key defections off of last season's team. They also will have the biggest team in the league as they have 6 players 6' or taller including a 6'5" and 6'6".

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    • Originally posted by unc4life View Post

      I think the Ashland coaching staff feels like they have a team this year that can go the distance, and I think the schedule reflects that. I have a lot of respect for Drury and the willingness they show to schedule anyone in the country. It pays off in the tournament for sure. I also wonder what the GMAC will be like this year. Several schools (Walsh, Cedarville) had top upper classmen transfer to D1 schools. Really the first time we have seen this in the new transfer world we are in. Looking forward to a great year of basketball!
      Ashland's roster looks formidable. Hopefully the injury bug doesn't bite them. Upon closer look, I don't see any GMAC team that can challenge them. I'm glad the Lady Panthers can schedule a team the caliber of Ashland in the regular season.
      I'm praying things can return to normal for this country so we can once again enjoy the things that have been taken for granted. Also hoping the obnoxious fan who CONSTANTLY and loudly berates
      the referees is held accountable this season, because that does not belong in what is otherwise one of the best d2 game game atmospheres in the country.

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      • A couple of quick notes: Drury men's and women's basketball fans have good reason to be optimistic about the upcoming season and next season is looking great as well! Drury hasn't posted names yet on their website, so I won't name them.

        The men have signed a 6'8" highly skilled athlete for 2023-2024 who is currently coached by the highly respected Rob Yanders. Mostly what I know about this player is word of mouth, so someone else can comment on him. Sounds like a GREAT get though.

        The women have an outstanding recruiting class for 2023-2024 with at least 3
        players that had multiple D1 offers and another with multiple D2 offers.

        They have a new radio station partner that has apparently purchased nice new equipment and has made Drury Basketball a priority. Also, the Panthers return one of the best broadcast teams in the country.
        First game in less than a month!

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