12 Teams/12 Days: Western Michigan Broncos

Updated 10/29/2013

 

 
2013-14 Western Michigan Broncos Women's Basketball Season Preview
Courtesy of Western Michigan Athletic Communications
The Broncos are in their second year under head coach Shane Clipfell and his staff of assistant coaches, Rene Haynes, Kristin Koetsier and Cara Pearson. Also returning for a second year is graduate assistant Ebony Cleary, while Stephanie Smiley joins the program in her first year as the Director of Operations.
 
“This year’s first practice was much different than last year’s just due to the fact the players were familiar with me and I was familiar with the players,” Clipfell said. “Much of the beginning of last year was learning about each other and figuring out strengths and weaknesses.
 
“This year we came in with that foundation already in place. With just a few new faces, we were able to jump right into some things we weren’t able to a year ago. We wanted to be a sound defensive team, and I think for the most part we have established that. Now we are able to turn a little more of our focus to offense.”
 
Western Michigan made a three-game improvement from the year before in Clipfell’s first season, and the team’s 11-20 overall record went down as the most wins since 2007-08. The Broncos posted a 6-10 mark in the Mid-American Conference and advanced to the second round of the MAC Tournament for the first time in five years. A signature win of the season came in the form of a 55-54 victory over then eight-time defending MAC regular season champion Bowling Green on the Broncos' home floor in February.
 
WMU returns 11 players from last year’s roster and welcomes two freshmen. Among the returners are leading scorer and second leading rebounder, sophomore Miracle Woods. Woods earned a spot on the MAC All-Freshman Team after averaging 9.0 points and 5.6 rebounds a game her rookie season. Also back is junior Marquisha Harris, who was tops on the team in rebounding with 5.7 boards per contest, and the second leading scorer behind Woods with 8.9 ppg. Suiting up in her final season is senior center Rachel Adaline.
 
“We are still a relatively young team, but we made good progression last year and we will look to continue to build on that. We have a challenging schedule which features some great non-conference matchups, including games against in-state rivals Detroit, Michigan and Oakland. It should be an exciting season.”
 
Western Michigan will have its first taste of action against outside competition when it plays U-M Dearborn in an exhibition game, Nov. 1. The Broncos have a final preseason tune-up against Trine, Nov. 5, and then begin the regular season with a pair of road games, traveling to UMass, Nov. 8 and Albany, Nov. 10. WMU hosts Detroit in its home opener, Nov. 14, and welcomes Michigan four days later, Nov. 18.
 

 

2012-13 Record 11-20, 6-10 MAC (t-4th/West)  
2013 Postseason MAC Tournament Second Round  
Starters Returning/Lost 4/1  
Letterwinners Returning/Lost 10/3  
Newcomers 3  
     
University Quick Facts    
Founded 1903  
Location Kalamazoo, Michigan  
Enrollment 25,086  
Nickname Broncos  
Mascot Buster Bronco  
Colors Brown and Gold  
President Dr. John M. Dunn  
Athletics Director Kathy Beauregard  
Senior Administrator Dave Corstange  
Faculty Representative Fred Sitkins  
Conference Mid-American Conference/West  
Arena (Capacity) University Arena (5,421)  
Press Row 269-387-3064  
Website www.wmubroncos.com  
     
Women’s Basketball Quick Facts    
Head Coach Shane Clipfell  
Alma Mater Eastern Michigan ‘06  
Record at Western Michigan 11-20 (Second Season)  
Career Record 82-56 (Sixth Season) ^  
MAC Record 16-16  
Assistant Coach Rene Haynes  
Alma Mater Michigan State ‘07  
Assistant Coach Kristin Koetsier  
Alma Mater Western Michigan ‘03  
Assistant Coach Cara Pearson  
Alma Mater Minnesota ‘95  
Director of Basketball Operations Stephanie Smiley  
Alma Mater Eastern Michigan ‘04  
^ Includes Record As EMU Acting Head Coach In 2006-07 (13-11, 10-6 MAC)  
     
Program History    
First Year of Women’s Basketball 1973-74  
All-Time Record 560-631   
Overall Record Since Joining MAC (Years) 388-524 (33rd Year)  
All-Time MAC Record 241-285  
NCAA Championship Appearances Two (1985, 2003)  
NCAA Championship Record 0-2  
WNIT Appearances    Three (1999, 2000, 2004)  
WNIT Record 2-3  
MAC Tournament Titles Two (1985, 2003)  
MAC Regular Season Titles None  
MAC Divisional Titles One (2000)  
MAC Players of the Year (Most Recent) Two (Carrie Moore, 2007)  
MAC Freshmen of the Year (Most Recent) Three (Casey Rost, 2002)  
MAC Coaches of Year (Most Recent) None  
Defensive Players of the Year (Most Recent) Two (Tiera DeLaHoussaye, 2008)  
Sixth-Player Award (Most Recent) None  
     
2013-2014 Schedule    
Fri., Nov. 1 U-M Dearborn (Exh.)  7:00 PM
Tue., Nov. 5 Trine (Exh.)  7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 08 at UMass  7:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 10 at Albany  2:00 PM
Thu., Nov. 14 Detroit  7:00 PM
Mon., Nov. 18 Michigan  7:00 PM
Fri., Nov. 22 at Tulsa  8:00 PM
Sun., Nov. 24 at Arkansas  3:00 PM
Sun., Dec. 1 at Chicago State  3:00 PM
Wed., Dec. 4 IUPUI  7:00 PM
Wed., Dec. 18 UIC  7:00 PM
Sun., Dec. 22 Oakland  2:00 PM
Sun., Dec. 29 at Valparaiso  2:35 PM
Sat., Jan. 4 at Miami *  2:00 PM
Tue., Jan. 7 Buffalo *  7:00 PM
Sun., Jan. 12 at Ohio *  TBA
Wed., Jan. 15 at Eastern Michigan *  7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 18 Toledo *  2:00 PM
Wed., Jan. 22 Miami *  7:00 PM
Sat., Jan. 25 Central Michigan *  2:00 PM
Wed., Jan. 29 at Ball State *  7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 1 Northern Illinois *  4:30 PM
Wed., Feb. 5 at Bowling Green *  7:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 8 at Akron *  1:00 PM
Sat., Feb. 15 Kent State *  2:00 PM
Wed., Feb. 19 Ohio *  7:00 PM
Sun., Feb. 23 at Toledo *  1:00 PM
Wed., Feb. 26 Eastern Michigan *  7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 1 Ball State *  2:00 PM
Wed., Mar. 5 at Central Michigan * 7:00 PM
Sat., Mar. 8 at Northern Illinois * 2:00 PM
Mon.., Mar. 10 MAC Tournament First Round $ TBA
Wed., Mar. 12  MAC Tournament Second Round %  TBA
Thu., Mar. 13 MAC Tournament Third Round % TBA
Fri., Mar. 14 MAC Tournament Semilfinals % TBA
Sat., Mar. 15 MAC Championship% TBA
     
All Times EST and subject to change    
* Denotes Mid-American Conference Game    
$ Hosted By Seeds 5, 6, 7, 8    
% at Cleveland, Ohio (Quicken Loans Arena)