Women’s basketball wraps up historic season, looks forward to fall

women's basketball team players and coaches with Women's Basketball Champions Arrowhead Athletic Conference awardThe 2022-23 season was a historic one for the BHC women’s basketball team.

The Braves earned the program’s first national ranking in NJCAA Division II (#20 on Dec. 5 for Week 5), were undefeated in the Arrowhead Conference (10-0), and won 15 consecutive games from Jan. 5 through March 1.

Out of more than 130 teams in Division II, the Braves came in 5th for three-point shot attempts per game, 10th for three-point shots made per game, and averaged 70 points per game.

“It was a fantastic season. We had a lot of fun coaching this team,” said Logan Frye, head coach.

The Braves’ stellar season ended March 4 with a loss in the Division II, Region IV semifinals.

“We were hoping to play further into March but we are extremely proud of this group’s resiliency after losing three impact players to season-ending injuries, playing one of the strongest schedules in the nation, and being displaced from our locker room and routine amidst construction,” Frye said.

Three players earned individual awards during the 2022-23 season:

  • Khloe Damm of Mason City, IL – 1st Team All-Region IV, 2nd Team Arrowhead All-Conference, ICC Holiday Tournament All-Tournament Team, and Region IV Player of the Week Nov. 21
  • Me’Kiyah Harris of Davenport, IA – Arrowhead Conference Player of the Year, 1st Team Arrowhead All-Conference, and Region IV Player of the Week Jan. 16
  • Laney Parker of Springfield, IL – 1st Team Arrowhead All-Conference

The Braves also ended the academic year with a team GPA of 3.06 and four 4.0 GPA student-athletes – Elizabeth “Liz” Fish of Morrison, IL; Hannah Maher of Woodhull, IL; Laney Parker of Springfield, IL; and Emma Pitstick of South Solon, OH.

11 members of women's basketball team

Five players are planning to return for 2023-24, and Frye is excited about the newcomers he has signed.

“We have lost a lot of ladies who are not easy to replace. But we have a lot of great athletes and high-character young ladies who will be able to come in and make an impact on our team right away,” he said.

“We have a conference title to defend and our end goal remains to reach our first ever national tournament,” Frye said. “We will show up in August ready to embrace the work and motivation it takes to achieve our goals on and off the court.”