BATESVILLE, Ark. (Lyon College) - Any discussion about the 2010-11 version of the Lyon College Scots women's basketball team this season begins and ends with its formidable frontline and two-time NAIA All-American K.K. Hodges.
Hodges, a three-time , All-TranSouth Conference forward, returns for her fourth season with Lyon and is the TranSouth's top returning player in scoring average at 18.1 points per game. The senior placed third in the league in double doubles with 14 and in rebounds with 8.1 per game.
"K.K. is just so versatile," said sixth-year Lyon Head Coach Tracy Stewart-Lange. "She can beat you in a variety of ways. She's the ultimate power player in the paint. She's just so tough inside and out. We're glad to have her back."
Last season, Hodges' versatility helped lead the Scots to a 17-13 record with a mark of 8-8 in the TranSouth Conference. With three additional returning starters and a host of sharp-shooting newcomers on the perimeter, the Scots are primed and ready for an improvement on last year's performance.
Junior Lauren Ramsey and sophomore Suzanne Fincham return to bolster the Scots in the paint at the post positions, while point guard Jordin Coleman is back to marshal the Scots on the court.
Ramsey was second only to Hodges in scoring average (11.5 ppg) and rebounds (4.6) on the team and gave the Scots added scoring punch on the blocks. Fincham helped provide a boost off the bench with 6.0 ppg and 3.6 rpg as a freshman. Coleman was vital on both offense and collected the team's highest returning assists total with 67 a year ago.
The Scots have quite the post presence, but could become more adept at dialing in from long distance, thanks to the addition of three transfers: sophomore Phagen Altom (Arkansas Tech), junior Erin Roush (Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa) and sophomore Holly Burt (SW Oklahoma State).
"We already had strong post play," said Stewart-Lange, "But now I feel we might finally have the balance in scoring that we have needed with the addition of some really good perimeter players. If we mesh and stay healthy, we could challenge and have a successful conference season."
The Scots open the season on Friday night against Ecclesia College at Becknell Gym. Tipoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.