PORTLAND, Ore. - With the addition of three student-athletes the #21 Lewis & Clark women's basketball team looks to earn its fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
The Pioneers, who are the reigning Northwest Conference Champions, lose two players from the 2012-13 season in NWC All-Conference First-Team honorees Kristina Williams and Sara Villanueva. Last season the Pioneers earned their first out-right NWC Championship since the programs transition to the NCAA, while earning its second overall after sharing the title in 2010-11. Lewis & Clark finished the year 25-4 overall and 14-2 in conference play en route to its third NCAA Tournament appearance.
Following the conclusion of the season Williams became the programs first All-American, earning spots on both the D3hoops and Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) First-Teams. Head coach Juli Fulks was honored as the RUSSELL ATHLETIC/WBCA NCAA Division III Regional Coach of the Year for Region 8.
"We are very excited about our incoming freshman and looking forward to welcoming them into the program," said Fulks. "As a group, they are very talented with different skill-sets and we are looking forward to them contributing on and off the court right away."
The incoming athletes provide the Pioneers more height with two players coming in at 5'11, including a four-time all-league shooting guard. Paired with the 12 returning players, the freshmen will allow the Pioneers to continue to play an up-tempo system, while creating more of a dominating presence on the court.
2013-14 Women's Basketball incoming players...