La Crosse, Wisc. (WXOW)- The UW-La Crosse women’s basketball team is coming off their best season since 1988. The Eagles finished 22-5 last year and return all five of their starters.
Head Coach Karen Middleton said the key to success this year is having players that can play multiple positions. Sophomore Kyah Steiner is the definition of a versatile player. Steiner has been a big contributor early on this season. Through four games, Steiner is averaging 10 points and six rebounds per game.
“She’s also expanded her game this summer,” Middleton said. “She’s more comfortable shooting the three. So it is something that we stressed and tried to kind of encourage her to do last year, but she really worked this summer on being able to expand and shoot the three. What we are seeing this year, she’s also a captain for us this year, is a different level of confidence.”
“This summer I just focused on trying to get more comfortable outside shooting wise because that will open the inside game a lot for me too,”Steiner said. “I think it’s easy to scout a player that can’t shoot.”
“She’s always had really good moves to the basket,” Senior Delaney Schoenenberger said. “She really developed her outside shot this year, so her pull-ups are awesome. She’s actually hit her first like two threes in game which has been really great.”
UW-La Crosse is off to a 3-1 start and hosts Cornell Saturday for their home-opener.