SE Women Picked Seventh in GAC Poll

By Randy Bruce

November 24, 2013

DURANT, Okla. – Following a seventh place finish a season ago, Southeastern’s women’s basketball team has been picked to match that finish in the 2013-14 season according to the Great American Conference Preseason poll released on Tuesday.

The poll is voted on by the league’s 11 coaches who rank 10 teams and are unable to vote for themselves.

The Savage Storm are coming off a 10-17 season with an 8-12 mark in league play, but return 12 letterwinners from a season ago and four players who started at least half the team’s games.

Haley Schaefer is the team’s top returning scorer after posting 10.2 ppg a year ago while also leading the team with 6.2 rebounds per outing.

Ronay English and Natalie Ruud are the team’s lone seniors, with English averaging 9.4 ppg last season with 19 starts while Ruud chipped in 5.1 ppg and earned 10 starts.

One area the team will look to will be the other two-thirds of the junior class alongside Schaefer in Emily Williams and Cheree Kiser. Williams started around half the games a year ago and averaged 9.2 ppg, while Kiser came off the bench for most of the year but became an explosive offensive threat during the GAC season, reaching double-figures in eight of her final 10 games. Williams posted the season’s best scoring outing with 26 points against Southern Arkansas, while Kiser added 25 against Arkansas-Monticello.

SE finished with 44 points in the poll, 13 behind Southern Nazarene who was sixth and 14 behind Ouachita Baptist in fifth. The total was eight ahead of UAM in eighth.

SE Women’s Roster 2013-2014

Number- Name- Grade

3 -Cheree Kiser -Jr.

5 -Olivia Potter -Fr.

10 -LaQuencia Dorsey -Fr.

11 -Shelby Hill -So.

13 -Ronay English- Sr.

14 -Taylor Richards- So.

15 -Kaylie Baxter- So.

20 -Breana Small-Peppers -So.

22 -Madison Thames -So.

23 -Rachel Wallace -Fr.

24 -Emily Williams -Jr.

25 -Natalie Ruud -Sr.

30 -Gunnhildur Handottir -So.

32 -Miranda Schaefer -Fr.

33 -Demi Koelzer -So.

50 -Haley Schaefer -Jr.

Head Coach: Darin Grover

Assistant Coach: Sami Jo Cotton-Black

Graduate Assistant: Kayle Reaves