Peru State Opens Womens Basketball Season Next Week

Peru State Opens Womens Basketball Season Next Week
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(Peru, Neb.) – The 2017-18 Bobcat women’s basketball team is eager to begin the season. Under the direction of first-year head coach Scotte Smith, the team will look to rebuild the program with some experienced players returning from last season as well as one newcomer.

Smith takes over looking to lead the Bobcats to a winning season for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

The Bobcats went 7-22 overall in 2016-17 after a 6-25 record in 2015-16. Last year’s squad did win five games in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) after winning only three conference games the previous season.

This season the Bobcats will be led by senior guard Abigail Niebrugge (Omaha). Last season, Niebrugge led the team in minutes playing 30.7 minutes per game and averaged 10.7 points per game.

Peru State will host Bethany (Kan.) College in their season opener on October 31 at 5:30 p.m. The Swedes finished their 16-17 season with a 7-21 mark.

Peru State Womens Basketball Picked to Finish Last in Conference Standings

PERU, Neb. – In one of the closest votes in conference history, Benedictine (Kan.) edged Baker (Kan.) as the pick to win the regular season championship when the 2017-18 Heart of America Athletic Conference (Heart) Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Poll was released on Tuesday morning.

The coaches picked the Peru State women’s team to be last out of the 14 teams in the conference.

As part of releasing the poll, the Heart is doing a Virtual Media Day where all of the coaches, along with players in most cases, taped interviews to discuss the season. The interviews can be found at

Benedictine earned seven of 14 first place votes and tallied 157 points, three more than defending regular season champion Baker, which claimed four first place tallies. Central Methodist (Mo.) had one more point than MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) for third place, though the Pioneers had two first place votes compared to one for the Eagles.

Though the poll was conducted with all 14 teams in one ballot, divisional standings will be used this season. The North Division will include: Clarke, Culver-Stockton (Mo.), Graceland (Iowa), Grand View, Mount Mercy (Iowa), Peru State and William Penn. The South Division will include: Avila (Mo.), Baker, Benedictine, Central Methodist, Evangel, MidAmerica Nazarene and Missouri Valley.

Halloween will mark the first full night of the 2017-18 season as six teams are scheduled to be on the court, including home contests for Peru State, Missouri Valley, Culver-Stockton and Mount Mercy. The Bobcats will open at home when they host Bethany (Kan.) at 5:30 p.m. in the Al Wheeler Activity Center.

The first of 19 rounds of conference games is scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, while the Heart Tournament will tip-off with first round games on Tuesday, February 27.

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