INDIANAPOLIS – The defending Horizon League champions were chosen to finish sixth in the #HLWBB preseason poll, as released by the league office on Tuesday, October 18. Youngstown State was chosen to finish top of the standings with eight first-place votes, followed by Green Bay with two votes and Cleveland State with one. Cleveland State’s Destiny Leo was named Preseason Player of the Year while Hailey Oskey (Green Bay), Megan Walstad (Milwaukee), Lindsey Duvall (Northern Kentucky) and Lilly Ritz (Youngstown State) join her in the first crew. IUPUI Rachel Kent was attached to the #HLWBB second team.

The head coach Kate Bruce enters his first season with the Jaguars with a new staff and several new faces. Those returning for the Jags include starters Rachel Kent (10.5 ppg, 70 3) and Destiny Perkins (6.6 ppg, 72 passes) with Nathalie Anderson (5.3 ppm, 21.8 mpg) and Ali Berg (1.7 ppg, 1.2 rpg). Other comebacks looking to make a big impact this season include Jaci Jones, Logan Lewis, Jacques Bronaugh and Nakaih Hunter.

The first year class of Brianna Wooldridge, Abby Wolterman and Therese Maggio with providing new talent for the Jags while Coach Bruce has also added new faces from the transfer portal with Genesis Parker (butler) and Jazmyn Turner (Bale State).

IUPUI will open the home season by hosting UIC on Monday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m. Alongside the men’s program, the Jags will host their IUPUI Basketball Hoopsfest in the Jungle on Thursday, October 20.

2022-23 #HLWBB Pre-Season Poll

pl. Team – Points. (Voice for first place)
1. Youngstown State (8) – 118
2. Green Bay (2) – 106
3. Cleveland State (1) – 102
4. Northern Kentucky – 88
5. Milwaukee- 75
6. IUPUI-67
7. Oakland- 47
8. Purdue Fort Wayne – 44
9. RMU – 42
10. Wright State – 26
11. Detroit Mercy – 11

#HLWBB Pre-Season Player of the Year

Destiny Leo, Cleveland State

First team in all pre-season leagues (alphabetical order by school)

Destiny Leo, Cleveland State
Hailey Oskey, Green Bay
Megan Walstad, Milwaukee
Lindsey Duvall, Northern Kentucky
Lilly Ritz, Youngstown State

Second team in all pre-season leagues (alphabetical order by school)

Bailey Butler, Green Bay
Rachel KentIUPUI
Ivy Turner, Northern Kentucky
Breanne Beatty, Oakland
Shayla Sellers, Purdue Fort Wayne

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