By Paul Lecker
MARSHFIELD — The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County women’s basketball team has been working since practice started nearly a month ago to accomplish one common goal: winning a state championship.
The Marauders opened the season going 1-1 at the UW-Fond du Lac Tournament on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, and since then have had an extra couple of weeks of practice to get used to each other and join forces to accomplish their goal.
“We have expectations to make it down to state and win a state championship,” second-year Marauders coach Brent Ystad said. “We have been working since day one to accomplish that. We are working together at taking a lot of pieces and functioning as one unit.”
The Marauders return three players from last year’s team that finished 12-9 overall and 10-6 in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference and reached the junior college state tournament semifinals.
Taylor Lynn, a guard from Colby, is the top returning scorer after averaging 11 points per game last season. She averaged 15 points per game at the Fond du Lac tournament.
Also back are Mikayla Jankowski from Auburndale (6 points a game) and Carrie Stroetz from Stratford.
“We are giving Taylor a lot of leadership responsibilities and roles this year,” Ystad said. “Being a second-year player and with her year of experience, she sees the floor really well.”
Stroetz is reuniting with former Stratford High School teammate Brooke Schultze, an incoming freshman. Schultze scored 22 points and had 11 rebounds in the season-opening loss to Silver Lake College.
“It is nice to get Carrie back,” Ystad said. “She is a solid post player and a big presence. Adding Brooke is a plus. She is very explosive, quick guard able to attack the basket.”
Among the other incoming freshmen are Katie Meacham of Colby; Paige Newman, Allie Paitel, and Becca Austin from Wisconsin Rapids; Karly Bump of Spencer; DeNecia Turner of Milwaukee Bradley Tech; and Ashlee Conrad of Marshfield.
Ystad said playing a sound defensive game will go a long way toward the Marauders’ success this season.
“We have been working on defensive fundamentals, zones, man-to-man, presses,” Ystad said. “I do believe a solid game defensively will win us championships.”
(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
|UW-Marshfield/Wood County Women’s Basketball Schedule|
|Friday, Oct. 31||at Fond du Lac Tournament||3:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Nov. 1||at Fond du Lac Tournament||10 a.m.|
|Wednesday, Nov. 12||UW-MARATHON||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Nov. 15||at UW-Waukesha||1 p.m.|
|Monday, Nov. 24||UW-MANITOWOC||5:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Nov. 26||WESTERN TECHNICAL COLLEGE||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Nov. 29||at UW-Rock County (Janesville)||1 p.m.|
|Monday, Dec. 1||UW-FOX VALLEY||5:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Dec.3||at UW-Richland||7:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Dec. 6||UW-WASHINGTON CO.||12 p.m.|
|Monday, Dec. 8||at UW-Barron Co. (Rice Lake)||5:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Dec. 10||at UW-Marinette||5:30 p.m.|
|Friday, Dec. 12||at UW-Fond du Lac||5:30 p.m.|
|Monday, Jan. 12||at Fox Valley Tech (Appleton)||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Jan. 14||at UW-Fox Valley (Menasha)||5:30 p.m.|
|Thursday, Jan. 15||UW-MARINETTE||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Jan. 21||at UW-Manitowoc||5:30 p.m.|
|Monday, Jan. 26||UW-RICHLAND||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Jan. 31||UW-WAUKESHA||12 p.m.|
|Monday, Feb. 2||at UW-Marinette||6 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Feb. 4||at UW-Marathon Co. (Wausau)||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 7||UW-ROCK CO.||12 p.m.|
|Monday, Feb. 9||UW-BARRON CO.||5:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday, Feb. 11||at UW-Washington Co. (West Bend)||5:30 p.m.|
|Saturday, Feb. 14||WCC Playoffs, TBA||TBA|
|Wednesday, Feb. 18||WCC Playoffs,TBA||TBA|
|Saturday, Feb. 21||WCC State Tournament, TBA||TBA|
|Sunday, Feb. 22||WCC State Tournament, TBA||TBA|
(Home games in CAPS)