JACKSON, Tenn. - 5/4/2012 - The Union University women’s basketball team has completed their roster for the upcoming 2012-13 season. Seven new players will join a group of seven returning players as the Lady Bulldogs prepare to compete at the NCAA DII level.
The group of new players to the court this season include seven players, including one who is returning to Union after sitting out last season. Hope Adams Curtis was a part of Union’s 2011 national title team and will be returning this season to help in the post. Kelsey Risner (Wayne County HS), a 5-foot-9 freshman district MVP and class A miss basketball finalist will look to step in an contribute early in her career. Christina Coney, a 5-foot-11 junior, was a redshirt player last season for Union and is a former NJCAA DI scoring champion at 26 points per game. Amber Rechis (Martin-Westview HS/Florida Gulf Coast Univ.), a 5-foot-8 sophomore, shot 56% from behind the arc for a team that finished 29-3 and advanced to the NCAA National Tournament. Carly Daniel (Wayne County HS/Belmont Univ.), a 6-foot-2 freshman will reunite with her former high school teammate, Risner. Daniel sat out last season at Belmont and is a former Class A Tennessee Miss Basketball winner and was the MVP of the 2011 state tournament. Chelsea Bodiford (McNairy Central HS) will join the team and was named the district MVP while at McNairy. Grace Fern (Faith Academy, Philippines), a 5-foot-5 freshman joins the team as a former MVP of the Far East Girls DI Basketball Tournament.
Union head coach Mark Campbell said, “I am really excited about next year’s team. The 2011-12 team was so young and they learned so much. I cannot wait to see how our returning players come back with a year behind them. We will have seven new players that did not play for us this past season, but two of the new players understand our system. Having Hope Adams Curtis back for her senior season and getting Amber Rechis from Florida Gulf Coast put us in a position to compete at a high level. The additions of Carly Daniel and Kelsey Risner, both from Wayne County, allow us to add great players from the area and players who have won state championships and can help us right away. Christina Coney, coming off a year practicing with us, will be ready to help us right away on the offensive end. Grace Fern gives us a young point guard who is athletic and really competes. And Chelsea Bodiford gives us another local player who can really shoot the three and played for another great coach in West Tennessee. These players are great players and have great character and it will be a privilege to coach them.”
Seven players return from last season’s team that won the TranSouth title and finished runner-up in the NAIA National Tournament. Senior Rebecca Sharpe (Mt. Juliet, Tenn.), junior Shelby Ashcraft (Cabot, Ark.), junior LeTesa McLaughlin (Millington, Tenn.), junior Paige Parker (Hanceville, Ala.), sophomore Emily Sissom (Woodbury, Tenn.), sophomore Amy Philamlee (Jonesboro, Ark.) and sophomore Astrid Huttemann (Paraguay) each look to lead Union into the new NCAA DII schedule.
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