Golden Suns basketball preview

Ricci Logan/The Arka Tech One of the Tech returning players: Cheyenne North from Gallatin, Tennessee, who was named the Great American Conference honorable mention last year..

The Golden Suns women’s basketball season is rapidly approaching. The Suns are coming off of a 22-8 record and will advance to its third straight NCAA postseason. They are picked to finish third in this year’s preseason poll by the league office.

The Suns will have two players from the starting lineup this season. Tech returns include: Cheyenne North from Gallatin, Tennessee, who was named the Great American Conference honorable mention last year. North averaged 11.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.2 blocks per game as a junior. North was ranked second in GAC in blocks last season with 2.2 blocks per game, finished fourth in rebounding per game 7.7 and ninth in field goal percentage 47.0 percent.

The Suns will also bring back Kylie Ladd, from Ozark, who averaged 3.4 points per game, and Taylor Ely, from Norman, Oklahoma, who averaged 2.7 points per game. Both played in all 30 games last season.

Sophomores Leighton Taylor, from Cabot, and Ryann Goodsell, from Springdale, will also return.

The Golden Suns have six new faces this season. It will be interesting to see how successful the Suns will be. The team will face high expectations because they have been so successful in the past.

The Golden Suns will take to the court for the first time in an exhibition at Tucker Coliseum against the Dallas Diesel on Sunday, Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. before opening the regular season at Tucker Coliseum on Sunday, Nov. 12 against Lane College.