By: Avery Booth

As much as things change, things also stay the same, and this rings true from the inclusion of Griffon coach Candi Whitaker and the return of Katrina Roenfeldt.

With a new coach from Texas Tech and six returning seniors, the Griffons will look for support from an older core of players this season.

“We have some very talented players in there last year here, and I want to give them the best year they can possibly have and work hard everyday to win every game we can possibly win,” Whitaker said. “We have a chance to be really good this year, but we have to stay healthy and everyone needs to understand and accept their role.” 

This season is Whitaker’s first season as a Griffon as she comes from Texas Tech, a school she was head coach at for five seasons from 2013-2019. 

Whitaker is looking to make an impact in her first year. 

“I’m not a coach to sit around and wait for year four,” Whitaker said. “We want to win immediately and we will work hard to do that.”

Missouri Western was picked sixth in the preseason rankings coaches poll while in the media poll they were picked eighth. 

The Griffons are looking to lean on Katrina Roenfeldt this year, a player who led the MIAA in three pointers made with 86 in 2019. 

Roenfeldt was second in the MIAA in steals per game with over two steals a game, and she scored double digits in 26 of the teams 30 games last season.

“KT is our returning leading scorer, fantastic leader, an unbelievable basketball player and athlete,” Whitaker said. “Without putting any more pressure on her I think she can have an amazing senior season and bring her team along with her.”

The Griffons open up the season at the St. Joseph Civic center in the Hillyard Tip-off Classic Nov. 8 and 9.

Missouri Western opens up at home against Southwest Baptist Nov. 15

Missouri Western is looking to pick up tough road wins this season against Pittsburg State, Missouri Southern and Northwest Missouri State.

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