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XU women's basketball 2012-13 season prognosis

By Nikhil Jelaji
On November 1, 2012

The Xavier women's basketball team is looking to rebound after a disappointing season last year.
The Musketeers finished in ninth place in the conference last season, recording a 5-9 record in the Atlantic 10. Xavier has four returning starters from last year's team and is welcoming four freshmen
to this year's team. Ty O'Neil will also be returning to the squad after being sidelined last year after knee surgery.
Top returning scorer (10.6 ppg) and rebounder
(8.1 rpg) Jessica Pachko returns this year as well and is one of two senior team members this season, along with Amber Gray.
Juniors Shatyra Hawkes and Ashley Wanniger are the other two starters returning
to seek redemption from last season.
"I feel like any team out there, everybody's goals are high," Gray said. "Every day we come in, we work hard and we get the things done that our coaches ask of us."
The Xavier women's basketball team is predicted to finish 10th in the A-10 standings this season.
Pachko was also named the Preseason All-Conference Second Team in voting by league coaches.
The freshmen looking to contribute
this season are Briana Glover, Kristine Rose and Aliyah Zantt.
The Dayton Flyers are predicted
to finish first in the conference this season. The Flyers posted a 12-2 conference record and return six players from a team last year that posted the best winning percentage
in head coach Jim Jabir's career.
The 12 A-10 victories
were the best in Dayton's program history.
The Musketeers will be led by second-
year coach Amy Waugh, who is coming off of an 8-20 overall record.
This will be her fourth year with the program.
Coach Waugh looks to turn a disappointing record from last year into a winning one. With veterans
on the team to help build up the younger ones, Waugh's job will be much easier.
"The most important thing is that we have to stick together," Gray said. "We are a family and we know that we will have ups and downs this season, but at the end of the day we stick together."


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