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New Faces In A New Place

Many local basketball fans are taking notice of the EKU men’s basketball team. The talent they return from an already special team last year, combined with a great head coach and postseason expectations has Colonel fans from all over excited to check out the Colonels

The women’s team is also getting some preseason buzz, but not nearly as much as the men. The colonels went 18-14 last season and are returning a few key names in Antwainette Walker, Alice Recanati, Bridgid Fox and Brie Crittendon. 

While these returners alone should be enough to get Colonel fans excited, what the EKU coaching staff did in the offseason for the teams roster makes the outlook even better for this season. The staff brought in seven total players from the transfer portal. 

Those players are Ivy Turner, Kaitlyn Costner, Althea Kara Angeles, Sierra McCullough, Jasmine McGinnis-Taylor, NeKiyah Thompson and Raphaela Toussaint. Along with these seven transfers which are all from D1 schools, EKU also signed two freshman in Saniyah Shelton and Kailani Lindsey. 

While local Kentuckians may recognize the names of Saniyah Shelton (Bowling Green High) and Ivy Turner (Danville High), most of the teams newcomers are from schools all over the country like Jacksonville State, Rider and Ohio State among others. 

Head coach Greg Todd and staff have done a great job of revitalizing the roster and mixing it with returners to make EKU Women’s basketball a true ASUN contender this season. 

They will have their growing pains and have to face tough opponents like Florida Gulf Coast who went 33-4 last season, but the dedication for bringing in talent is one of many ways to begin to build success at a program like EKU. 

It’s time to build excitement for the EKU women’s team just as much as the men’s team at EKU. 

The women begin their season on November 6th with Hanover College coming to Richmond and the men will tip off the following evening on November 7th against West Virginia Tech at Baptist Health Arena.                                   

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