Returners Highlight Lady Eagles Roster
Six seniors will lead the Lady Eagles basketball team onto the court for its first regular season matchup of the fall. The Williams Baptist College women open the season by hosting Ecclesia College Saturday, November 5, at 2 p.m., which is Homecoming-Parents Day at WBC.
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The Lady Eagles are led by veteran coach Carol Halford, entering her 29th season at the helm.
Among returners for the Lady Eagles are NAIA honorable mention All-American Kala Tyus and All-American Midwest Conference player Jessica Shepard. Tyus averaged 13.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game last year, while Shepard averaged 10.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
The other seniors are post players Olivia Morris and Becky Caldwell, forward Brianna Johnson and guard Kimberly Sutterfield. “Our older players know their niche, and they work at being great at their particular role,” Halford said, noting that their work ethic is on display for the younger players to mimic.
WBC will be looking to replace Courtney Sublett Arnold, who was the second leading scorer for the 2010-11 Lady Eagles at 12.7 points per game. Also, sophomore Cheyenne Childers went down with a foot injury which required surgery in the pre-season and will be sidelined for several weeks. These are two voids that Williams will have to find fill as the season gets underway.
Halford believes the team can have a successful season if they “stay focused, team play, keep goals in mind and stay healthy.” Along with the six seniors, WBC has two juniors, three sophomores, and two freshmen.
More information on Williams women’s basketball and other sports is available all year at www.twitter.com/wbcsports and www.williamsbaptistcollege.com/athletics.