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2013-2014 Women2013-2014 Women's Basketball

Lewis era begins as Women's Basketball tangles with Rocky Mountain College and Bismarck State

(Miles City, MT)- The Miles Community College women’s basketball team, under the direction of Head Coach Liz Lewis, begin the 2013-2014 season when they host the annual Foundation Classic, Nov 1-2.

Lewis begins her first season as a head coach after coaching stints at NAIA members Rocky Mountain College and Montana State University-Northern, as well as NCAA Division II Central Washington. She played three years at Dixie State University in St. George, UT and finished her career at Rocky Mountain College.

She inherits a young squad with only three returners and a 2012-2013 record of 17-15. Leading as sophomores this year will be Tess Blaquiere, Ashley Hildreth, and Ashley Malmquist.

Blaquiere finished last year second on the team in scoring with 9.7 points per game, while adding 4.3 rebounds per game. Hildreth chipped in 4.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per contest and lead the team from behind the arc hitting on 35% of her shots. Malmquist chipped in 3.7 points and 2.6 boards a game while shooting 70% from the stripe. The sophomores will be forced to carry a heavy load early in the season as they welcome two new coaches and six players to the tough Region IX conference.

Among those new faces are sophomore transfer McKensie Keller (Custer, MT) who makes her way from UM-Western. Joining Coach Lewis as first year freshman Pioneers, include Lindsey Warner (Perry, UT), Savanah Robinson (Highland, UT), Shelby Weeks, (Culbertson, MT), Petra Lumpert (Jesenice, Slovenia), and Jaycin Tini (North Shore, New Zealand).

With a bountiful basket of new faces, Coach Lewis is optimistic and pleased with the progress thus far. “These girls have adjusted quickly to a new coaching staff and a new system. We have a very coachable group of athletes that are willing to make changes to become better players.”

With only one month of full squad structured practice, it is time to tip off this weekend at the annual Foundation Classic. “We are looking forward to officially starting our season this week. Our girls are very excited and bring lots of energy to practice each day,” stated Lewis.

Joining the Pioneer bench this year will be assistant coach Janie Rayback who along with Lewis; played her senior campaign at Rocky Mountain College after transferring from Weber State in Ogden, UT. The two have coached together at Rocky, Central Washington University and Montana State University-Northern.

The ladies tip off the weekend tournament when they play host to Rocky Mountain-JV at 5:30 pm on Friday November 1. The tournament will conclude when they square off against Bismarck State College on Saturday November 2nd at 4:00 pm.

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