Maranatha women’s basketball players Torey DeLozier, Autumn Peotter, Hallie Sheley, and Kristin Morrison—all four-year starters—enter their senior season with eyes set on an elusive NCCAA Division II national title.
The Crusaders’ chances appear strong when considering the starting five. Peotter, the team’s point guard, is known for her energy and relentless pace. She led the Northern Athletics Conference in steals (3.1 per game) and ranked third in assists (3.9/game). Peotter was also third on the team in scoring (10.5 ppg).
Morrison and Sheley join Peotter at the guard positions. Morrison averaged 9.8 points per game while Sheley contributed 8.4 points per game and a strong defensive mindset.
DeLozier, a forward, was the Crusaders’ No. 2 scorer (12.2 ppg), and rebounder (7.8) and led the NAC in field goal percentage (55 percent).
Center Laci Peterson led the team in both scoring and rebounding (12.4 ppg, 8.4 rpg). Peterson often created difficulties for opposing shooters, ranking third in NCAA Division III in blocks per game (4.41).
The team’s new additions include freshmen Stacy Reinke, Stacie Ross, Mikayla Lehman and Katie Raley.
Reinke can play both guard and forward, while the 6-foot Ross figures to be a key post player off the bench.
Maranatha may have its strongest team in recent years with depth and skilled post players giving head coach Clayton Morrison multiple assets at his disposal.