As fall sports winds down, winter sports season is right around the corner. The Pacific University women’s basketball team opens up their season Nov. 16 in Portland against Multnomah University. Returning all but two players, this Boxer team brings back plenty of experience, as well as fresh faces. Head coach Jennifer Mountain said five new players have been brought in who could play significant minutes for the team this season, as well as transfer students. In the past, the overall height of the team was something that was lacking. However, Mountain was proud to say the teams overall size has increased greatly. “We have seven people over six foot this year, which will be a big help,” Mountain said. “We were a really small team [height wise] last year and now this year we can go big or small depending on the match-up.” 
Mountain also added how every player has come back with an improved independent game, which should bode well for the Boxers. She also commented on how the team chemistry and depth that has already been a huge improvement over last year’s team. Amongst the returners are seniors Sarah Curl and Karli McHone. Curl is coming off of a first team All-Northwest Conference selection last season at forward, while McHone was tabbed with Honorable Mention honors at guard. Mountain was not shy about her game plan for Curl. 
“We will look to Sarah Curl as she is one of the leagues best players,” Mountain said. She also added how McHone and fellow senior guard Nikki Gilbert will bring the leadership from the guard spots. 
The Boxer women are down to less than a week before the season begins and they look to improve on a sixth place conference finish last year.

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