Women’s basketball surges

By Melissa Freund

Sports Assistant Editor

Kicking off the season the first weekend of November, the Lady V-Hawks basketball team currently holds a record of 4-6 for the 2012-2013 season.

After blowing away Martin Luther College in the VU Varsity Athletics Complex Nov. 28 with a final score of 60-41, the Lady V-Hawks recently suffered a loss on the road against Luther College.

The game, Dec. 1, was a come-behind win for the Norse, who out-scored the Lady V-Hawks by six points in the final minutes of the game. The V-Hawks are hoping to avenge this loss Wed. night, Dec. 5, as they face UW-River Falls in their 8th away game this season.

Dani Templin, a senior visual communications major from Richland Center, Wis. and a shooting guard for the Lady V-Hawks, explains that one of the team’s weaknesses this year is that they have a few positions that are really young.

“A lot of our post players are freshman and sophomores, so they’re still learning the game, and they’re just not as big as the players they’re posting up against,” said Templin.  “They’re getting pushed around a lot.”

However, Templin notes one of the team’s strengths being the “basketball IQ” of these younger players. Templin believes that the Lady V-Hawks have “a strong team this year. We just need to tie up some loose ends and correct all the little mistakes.”

Behind sophomore Jenna Engh, Templin is leading the V-Hawks as the second leading scorer this season, averaging 10.8 points per game, with an overall total of 108 points so far this year.

After receiving an honorable mention her freshman year, Templin was named first team all-conference the last two years.

With the recent success of the Lady V-Hawk volleyball team, Templin is hoping to follow in their footsteps.

Templin concedes that the team is up against the second hardest conference in the nation, but she continues to have high expectations for the rest of the season.

In an interview, Templin told Lumen, “We have a really good shot at winning the conference this year. I know it, the team knows it, and the coaches know it.”

“As long as we work hard and fix the little mistakes, we should be able to pull together a few wins before conference play starts, and head into the conference tournament feeling strong,” Templin said.

The V-Hawks have a full season ahead of them, wrapping up the regular season with a home game on Feb. 16.

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