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SFU head coach Bruce Langford hopes the Clan women's basketball team's disappointing championship performance last year was a learning experience. Photo by Josh Devins.

Women’s basketballers poised for comeback

October 30, 2008

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The SFU Clan women’s basketball team began their 2008-09 Canada West regular season Oct. 24 with a 68-44 win over Trinity Western.

The team is returning to Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) prominence this year, topping the first CIS Top-Ten poll of the season.

Entering the CIS national championship last year as the No. 1 seed, the Clan were upended by Laval Rouge et Or in the first round and forced to watch as the UBC Thunderbirds claimed the title.

This year’s team is a year older; last year we were reasonably consistent but we had a target on our chest over the entire season because we were the No. 1 ranked team,” says SFU head coach Bruce Langford, entering his eighth year at the helm.

We slipped a little at nationals, but hopefully that was a learning experience and we can move forward from that experience. This is a pretty good group of players with diverse skill sets.”

This season, the Clan’s lone departure is 2008 CIS MVP, Lani Gibbons, after the point guard completed her eligibility following the ’07-08 season. Replacing her is fourth-year guard Lisa Tindle.

Simon Frasemay also be without third-year post Kate Hole for a portion of the season, as she is currently battling a back issue. The Clan have posts to spare, however, as Langford can look to third-year power forwards Laurelle Weigl  and Matteke Huztler to fill in

Missing Kate takes away from our depth,” says Langford. “But it provides an opportunity for other people to get important minutes early in the season, but we can’t afford another injury in that area.”
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