What’s in store for ULV women’s basketball in 1982? According to Head Coach Nancy Blickenstaff, “We’re going to surprise some people.”
Blickenstaff and the Leos are coming off a successful year, claiming third place in a increasingly tough SCIAC with a record of 7-3, ending up behind Occidental and Pomona-Pitzer.
The Leos are fielding a relatively young team, with two freshmen, a sophomore, a junior and a senior filling the starting positions. The team runs a rather unusual 3-2 offense, with three guards and two forwards.
Senior Robin Holland and junior Rosa Vasquez are slated to fill the forward positions, with sophomore Laura Skiffington and freshmen Patti Davis and Dobbie DeStephani filling out the guard positions.
Holland is unable to practice with the team at the moment, as she is rather intimately involved with the Leos’ volleyball team. She is a vital part of the basketball program though, having been the leading center in the league for the past two years.
“Robin is a big factor on our team,” said Blickenstaff. “We will definitely look different with her.”
Competition within the SCIAC will probably be tougher than ever. Whittier has added some strong fresh men and could mount a challenge for the league championship. Pomona and Oxy should continue to be tough, so there will be few easy victories on this year’s Leo schedule.
The youth of Blickenstaff’s team is both a blessing and a problem.
“We’ll miss out some because we’re young,” said Blickenstaff. “We’ll take some lumps. We’re as strong as last year though. We’ll surprise some people.”
The Leos have a interesting mixture of youth and experience. Just how well the two will balance out will have quite an impact on the Leos’ season.