MISSOULA – Basketball is back and the Montana Lady Grizzlies have just started gearing up for a new season.
Head coach Shannon Schweyen has had a young group through her first two years and has dealt with plenty of injuries.
This season, the Griz bring in four talented true freshmen who will need to get adjusted, but they also have some valuable experience. Several juniors who came in the same season as Schweyen know the expectations, and the Lady Griz are at a point where they truly feel they can compete in the Big Sky Conference.
“I think this team has a very high ceiling, just the fact that we have so many young kids,” Schweyen said. “We are going to have some freshmen contributing this year. How fast they come along will be helpful. I think that the nucleus what we have from last year, they are just experienced, they’ve been through a lot, they are eager and hungry to win, and they want to get where we want to be in March.”
“I think that we’ve had enough experience now that we know that every day is super important, so that month that we have where there are no games and we can really just grind hard, I think it’s going to be crucial for us,” said senior Jace Henderson.
Montana, which was 14-17 overall last season and 9-9 in the Big Sky, starts the 2018-19 season on Oct. 30 with an exhibition against Carroll College. The Lady Grizzlies’ regular-season opener is Nov. 7 at Gonzaga.