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The 2013-14 Raider Women's Basketball squad returns two players from last year's squad that finished in 6th Place in the West Division with a 7-9 record, 11-16 overall. After making it to the NWAACC Tournament in 2011-12, for the first time in nineteen years, this year's team has aspirations to do the same!
The Raiders are led by returning sophomores Mackenzie Lancaster (5'10 - Rogers HS) and Alyssa Simonson (5'6 - Kentlake HS). Both players started most of last season and saw significant minutes.Simonson was second in the NWAACC in steals last season (109) and sixth in the conference in assists (4.3 per game). Lancaster led the Raiders in rebounding last season, with 6.5 boards per game. Their experience and leadership should provide a great example for the talented freshmen class recruited by Coach Brian Purugganan and his staff.
Jasmine McKinney (5'3 - Foss HS), Kami Hansen (5'7 - McCammon, ID), and Megan Dwarshuis-Herrara (5'6 - Franklin Pierce HS), will help support Simonson in the back court. Haley Hutchinson (6'0 - Twin Falls, ID) and Nakesha Hatchett (5'10 - Vancouver, WA) will provide a strong post presence for the Raiders, and should shoulder the bulk of the rebounding duties. Haley Harn (5'10 - North Thurston HS), and Hiedi Ceja (5'8 - Yakima, WA) will help support Lancaster in the front court, on both the offensive and defensive end.
This group has the potential to be a contender in the West Division this season, and has a great chance to get the Raiders back to the NWAACC Tournament in the Tri-Cities in March!