The Emporia State women’s basketball team will begin their season with an exhibition game against Bethel College at 5:30 p.m. Monday at White Auditorium. This will be the first time the Hornets have played against Bethel college, according to ESU Athletics.

“I am very excited to finally get going with our first game,” said Morgan Laudan, junior forward and guard. “We’ve been playing pickup, doing workouts and practicing ever since school began so to say we are ready would be an understatement.”

The Hornets will go into this season with two new coaches and a new graduate assistant.

Their new head coach is Toby Wynn, who led Steward Community College to four Jayhawk Conference regular season championships and two Region VI Tournament titles, according to ESU Athletics.

Kiel Unhruh will serve as their assistant coach and Brooke Costley is their new graduate assistant.

“I think each team member brings a different set of skills, that give us the depth we need,” said Jessica Wayne, junior guard. “Coach Wynn has a new style of coaching and added in a few new plays we have to learn and adjust to, but I’m very confident that we will only get better as the season gets closer.”

In the 2017-18 season, the Hornets had an overall record of 17-11 matches. For home games the ending record was 11-2.

They did have a loss of 5-7 for away matches including their last game of the season against Fort Hays State University March 1 in Kansas City, Missouri, during the MIAA tournament, according to ESU Athletics.

“I am super excited to be back in White (Auditorium),” said Brittany Kramer, senior shooting guard. “The atmosphere is second to none at the (Division) II level. I am looking forward to the opportunity of regaining the MIAA title…We are looking to play at a faster pace this year than we have in past years.”

This season, the Hornets have 16 away games, two of which are the Puerto Rico Classics in December. There will be 14 home games including the exhibition game against Bethel, according to ESU Athletics.

“This upcoming season will be one you don’t want to miss,” said Kali Martin, sophomore guard. “Our team is full of great athletes, who are also all great people. Everyone has the same goal in mind. Our mission is to work together and push each other to reach that goal.”

The first home game of regular season play is against the University of Arkansas Fort Smith at 7:30 p.m Nov. 23 in White Auditorium.

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