University of Manitoba Bisons - The Magazine 2017-18

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Optimism with great mix of veterans and youth for Bisons The 2017-18 school year is here, and with it, the Bison women’s basketball team filled with more energy and optimism than has been seen in recent years. The Bisons currently boast a slew of strong and developing young players. Many of those athletes sparked the team’s growth last season when five key contributors missed most, or all of last year. 30 UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA BISONS | 2017-18 2016-17 SEASON


he 2016-17 season could have easily been a write-off. Fortunately fifth year forward and captain, Rebecca Potter put together her best year as a Bison as a going-away gift. A hard working and motivated freshman class also provided energy and confidence. The trio of Taylor Randall, Brittany Parisien, and Keziah Brothers played important roles in helping develop a new competitive culture around the team. Second and third year players also responded well to the opportunity and helped the team grow greatly. Emma Thompson and Nicole Konieczny provided talent and leadership while working with the younger players. The silver lining to the injuries of 2016-17 was that the team developed leadership in each class of players. Welcoming back the experienced guard Jenilyn Monton, and forwards Claire Harvey and Montana Kinzel is sure to complement a maturing cast. Head Coach Michele Sung (nee: Hynes) has also continued with her recruiting, showing why the 2017-18 version of this team will have more depth than any previous year. “Coming into this season as legitimately the oldest person on the team, I sense that

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