2023 Women’s Basketball Season Preview

After the game, head coach Jeff Mittie addresses a team. The Wildcats beat TCU 64-48 on January 21, 2023 (Archive photo by Macey Franko | Collegian Media Group)

Who’s gone

The K-State women’s basketball team looks forward to a new season as much needed depth has seemed to arrive. Last year, after losing two key players to injury, the team had to run a small rotation of only about six or seven players.

Even with the added depth, the team still has spots to fill on the court. Forward Sarah Shematsi and key playmaker guard Emilee Ebert both graduated, and a little bit of height was lost since center Taylor Lauterbach transferred to Virginia.

Who’s back

Two key pieces of the team are returning from season-ending injuries, providing Mittie some relief. Star center Akoya Lee is the most notable player returning, as she missed all of last season from her knee injury. She’ll once again help crash the glass, protect the paint and provide a scoring presence. Forward Gisela Sanchez will return and provide shooting outside, a weakness of the team last year.

Leading scorer last year and guard Gabby Gregory is back, as well as the second leading scorer and leader in assists, guard Serena Sundell. Pivotal defender Jaelyn Glenn returns alongside her twin sister Brylee Glenn. The potential dominance of the Lee and Gregory duo possibly give Big 12 teams nightmares.

Who’s new

K-State gained a few potential contributors to add to their cast. Transfer student, forward Imani Lester will look to have a bigger role than last year at Louisville, where she did not see the court. Lester’s former teammate and Louisville transfer, Zyanna Walker, will also look to make a splash as another scoring guard.

Some final additions include true freshmen Taryn Sides and Alexis Hess. It’s unsure how much they will see the court, but both provide more depth for the Wildcats.

K-State women’s basketball will warm up for the season by playing an exhibition game against Pittsburg State at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at home. The regular season begins against Presbyterian at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 6 at home.