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Friday, August 27th, 2010 - 9:48 am

Women’s Basketball Preview

Women’s basketball targeting CCAC Title

After last season’s runner-up conference finish, the Purdue Calumet women’s basketball team has its sights on a Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference II title this season.

Jennifer Britton

Britton nears PUC 3-point shooting record.

A deep, talented and veteran cast, including four starters and five of the top six scorers from 2009-10, return for fourth-year head coach Tom Megyesi. Returnees include All-CCAC performers Stephaine Beck and MeMe Harris and reigning league freshman-of-the-year Tierra Turner.

Beck has been one of the conference’s top scoring threats during her first two years at Purdue Calumet, averaging a team-high 13.1 points last season. Point guard Harris contributed 12.5 points per game as a junior on her way to a third-straight All-CCAC honor. Turner ran away with the conference’s top rookie prize, topping all CCAC freshmen with 8.7 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game.

Megyesi also claims two of the CCAC’s top, long range sharpshooters. Senior Jennifer Britton returns for her final campaign needing just 10 trifectas to become the school’s all-time leader in three-point field goals. Complementing her is Alex Starr, who led all conference freshmen last season with 45 treys.

A key question is who will succeed graduated, all-conference post player Sara Keilman. Sophomore Amanda Gaskin figures to see plenty of action on the front line.

Among freshmen expected to make a splash are high school all-state point guard Brooklyn Short and front court players Brittany Davis, Madison Gervais, Alyssa Holder and Lindsey Whitcomb.

Purdue Calumet hosts Taylor in its season-opening Tip-Off Classic Nov. 5.