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New additions to womens basketball team hold high hopes for season
Rachael Cochran
Antelope Staff
Photo by Rachael Cochran
Iowa sophomore, Kim Rickles, and Minden sophomore Lee Ann Jameson dribble two balls at practice. Both girls transferred to UNK this year. Rickles transferred from Missouri Western State University and Jameson transferred from Hastings college. Both played basketball at their previous schools.

With winter just around the corner, basketball is on the minds of eleven lady Lopers and two coaches.

One coach is brand new to campus, Coach Freddy Yalden. Yalden came to UNK from Ripon College in Wisconsin where she helped lead the Red Hawks to the MWC Championship last year. Prior to UNK, Yalden coached for 13 years both at the collegiate and high school level.

 New additions to the roster this year are four freshmen and two transfers. Iowa sophomore Kim Rickles played for Missouri Western State University last year, and Minden sophomore Lee Ann Jameson played for Hastings College last season. The team, mostly underclassmen, has already began practicing together to build teamwork and learn plays.

“I think we might have some growing pains early on, but I am confident in the players and their willingness and ability to improve every day. Coach Russell has established a program rich in the winning tradition and has taught the girls excellence, not only on the court, but in the classroom as well,” Assistant Coach Freddy Yalden said.

The girls had a team retreat this past weekend at Johnson Lake to have fun and relax all together. The season officially begins Nov. 8, against UNL, in Lincoln.

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