Men's, women's basketball enter conference play
Athletics - posted on 11/30/2009
The Lakeland men's and women's basketball teams enter the Northern Athletics Conference portion of their respective schedules this week with hopes of contending for league championships in the 2009-10 season.
The women's team opened conference play on Saturday with a 79-72 overtime victory at Rockford to remain undefeated on the season with a 5-0 overall mark. The Muskies will head to Watertown, Wis., on Thursday for a contest at Maranatha Baptist.
Prior to its winter break trip to California on Dec. 20-21, Lakeland will host Benedictine (Saturday) and Edgewood (Dec. 8), and hit the road to face Concordia Chicago (Dec. 13) in its last league match-up of the calendar year.
Last season, the Muskies finished third in the NAC North Division with an 11-6 league record (17-9 overall). The team was knocked off in the NAC Tournament quarterfinals, 76-69, at Aurora.
With four senior starters and a deep supporting cast, head coach Teri Johnson's squad should be in good position to improve its 2008-09 finish and push deeper into postseason play.
The men's team, led by second-year head coach Aaron Aanonsen, will look to improve on its 4-12 conference record (10-15 overall) from a year ago.
The Muskies open up league action on Tuesday night against Maranatha Baptist, the start of a three-game NAC home stand which also includes contests against Benedictine (Saturday) and Edgewood (Dec. 9). The team heads to Concordia Chicago on Dec. 13 before returning home for a non-conference date against Beloit (Dec. 19).
Lakeland (1-3), which finished fifth in the North Division last season, will look to its two seniors, Anthony Cobb and Khendal Andrews, for leadership and consistency during league play.
The Muskies' lone victory this season came at the North Central College Holiday Inn Select Tip-Off Tournament against Oberlin (Ohio) on Nov. 21.
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