It will be a busier summer than usual for Wright State women’s basketball coach Mike Bradbury and the Raiders. In a couple of weeks, they’ll start summer practices, and they get eight weeks of practice time.
A year ago, for the first time, Division I men’s coaches got to work with their teams, and now the women’s coaches get to do the same.
“It’s good,” Bradbury said. “If you’re going to have them here, you might as well be able to do something with them, and it occupies their time. In summer, you only have a couple of classes. There seems to be a lot of free time. With free time comes bad decisions. It’ll keep them out of trouble.”
Bradbury’s roster got a boost Monday when Wright State announced the signing of three women’s basketball players: Sarah Hunter, a 5-foot-5 guard from Mason; Jeralyn Williams, a 5-6 guard from Carmel, Ind.; and Richelle van der Keijl, a 6-5 center from the Netherlands.
Hunter’s name might stand out for Wright State fans because she played with the team two years ago as a freshman, but then left to play at a junior college, the College of Central Florida in Ocala.
“After Sarah’s freshman year, both me and her, as well as her parents, thought it would be a good idea for her to get away, go to a JUCO for a year where she could play a lot of minutes and gets some more experience and grow up on the floor and off the floor a little bit,” Bradbury said. “It was always going to be like that. She got to play a lot of minutes. She got a lot of experience. She wasn’t having to sit behind the players we already had.”
Williams was ranked the 35th-best point guard in the country in the 2013 recruiting class by ESPN. She averaged 7.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 2.4 steals as a senior.
“She’s a high-energy, ultra-quick athletic combo guard,” Bradbury said. “She’s got real potential.”
Van der Keijl is the first European player Bradbury has recruited. Assistant coach Keith Freeman discovered her on a recruiting trip last September.
Baseball: The Raiders lost two out of three games at Missouri State last weekend, falling to 21-26. They began a three-game series, the last of the regular season, against Illinois-Chicago on Thursday at Nischwitz Stadium.
The Horizon League tournament begins May 22 at Youngstown State.
Softball: Senior outfielder Lindsay Barrett and sophomore third baseman Reagan Stofcheck were each named to the All-Horizon League tournament team. Barrett went 3-for-8 in four games, and Stofcheck went 4-for-11.
The Raiders finished the season 19-37. They won their first two games in the tournament, but lost 1-0 to Youngstown State and 10-2 to eventual champion Valparaiso on Friday and were eliminated.