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The women’s basketball team will be looking for their returning starters to lead the way this upcoming season.

Tiffany Davis, Inga Buzoka, Jill Johnson and Tera Petersen will all be returning for the Griffons this season.

Coach Josh Keister said that the Griffons will not change much from last season.

“We will be more athletic,” Keister said. “We will be more experienced.”

Keister said that he looks for more than just Buzoka, who scored 14.2 points per game, and Davis, who played 32 minutes per game, to step up. He said he looks for Petersen, three year starter, to play well and for Johnson, who scored 13.2 points per game, to have another good year.

Johnson said that throughout this season each individual will have to find their role. They have an idea, but the team will have to find the leader, the scorer, and the defensive play-maker.

Along with these returning players, will be some new faces. Ashleigh Curry and Yanique Javois will play major roles for the Griffons. Keister is depending on them to contribute.

“They will be two of our better scorers,” Keister said.

Johnson said that the new comers adjusted very well to coach Keister and the team.

Everybody should get their fare share of shots with Davis distributing the ball.

The point guard showed her assisting talent last season. She had 6.8 assists per game last season. This is a trend that Keister likes. In fact, he thinks this is one of the team’s best strengths.

Keister said that the best quality that his team had was their unselfish play.

“We play together,” Keister said.

The team has a strong group returning. “The nucleus coming back is strong. We know our strengths and our weaknesses, and we mesh together,” Johnson said.

The Griffons will look to build on last season where they went 19-10. They were 11-2 at home.

“We need to be more consistent than last year,” Keister said. “We played up and down, and it cost us in the end.”

The Griffons have big goals in their sites for this season.

“We look to compete for the MIAA Championship and to make it to the NCAA Tournament,” Keister said. “But the MIAA Championship is our initial goal. It’s what we talk about the most.”

The Griffon’s first exhibition game will be Nov. 7. The regular season starts on Nov. 17 against Lincoln. The Griffons home opener will be Nov. 21 against Northeastern State.

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