Tough hoops season


The Blue Angels recorded a single win this season in 20 games in challenging and sometimes lopsided games.

The Mount Mary University athletic website reported on the Jan. 8 win against Illinois Institute of Technology: “A season-high five players recorded double-figure scoring, as the Mount Mary University basketball team seized its first win of the season with a 77-58 victory.”

According to the article, head coach Marc Heidorf said, “I’m very proud of our resiliency tonight. There were two times where momentum was clearly against us and we were able to battle back at the end of each half with a decisive run.”

Unike the past two years, the team stayed intact through the end of the season.  Coach Heidorf was obviously proud of his team.

“The goals are different,” Heidorf was quoted as saying in the article on the Mount Mary athletic website.

“The chances of you winning 25 games a season, one year removed from not playing at all and with no recruiting class coming in are clearly not high,” he said. “We tried to focus on what we could control — let’s lay the groundwork for a culture of consistency. Let’s do things the right way and set the tone of being a program that will battle to the end no matter what.”

And right down to the season finale, the Blue Angels did just that, the website article said.

Sixteen players filled the roster:  forwards Taylor Baumgart, Andrea Roell, Donielle Yendriga, LaDonna Honey, Becca Heup and Katie Edwards; guards Shandrieka Richardson, Emily Barker, Yolanda Coleman, Katie Wolk, Phoenix Hulsey, Marti Dixon, Hayley Hove and Amber Andrastek. Ashley Leverenz played forward/center.

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