2003-04 Women's Basketball
Three Beavers named All-HCAC
Beavers place three to All-HCAC honorable mention team
By Ben Risinger, SID
March 8, 2004
Senior Lindsay Bacon (Troy/Troy), sophomore Karin Schaller (Jenera/Arlington) and freshman Tanya Rickenberg (Defiance/Paulding) have been selected honorable mention by the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference for their contributions in the 2003-04 season. Rickenberg was also selected for the all-freshman team.
Bacon finished her tenure at Bluffton College with 291 points for the season (536 total points for career). She averaged 11.6 points per game which placed her at 13th in the conference. For the season Bacon shot fifty 3-pointers which led the Beavers and put her at second in the conference.
Schaller posted an incredible season inside in her second year on the team, despite not playing in the last five games of the year due to injury. She shattered Bluffton and HCAC records in blocks (115 for year) during the season. Schaller now owns the single game and season block records for Bluffton as well as the season block record for the HCAC. She ended the season second in Division III in blocks per game, averaging 5.5 per game. For the year she averaged 9.7 points per game which placed her at 19th in the league. Schaller also pulled down 9.9 rebounds per game which was third in the league and finished 12th in field goal percentage at .426 percent.
Rickenberg led the Beavers in scoring for the season, averaging 15.0 points per game (391 total). Her 391 total points were the most by any freshman in the history of Bluffton College women's basketball. She finished fifth in the HCAC in scoring and tenth in rebounding (5.5 rebounds per game). Rickenberg led the team in assists (104), total field goals (118) and a season record 144 free throws made.
Bluffton College finished the 2003-04 season with a 2-24, 1-13 HCAC record. The Beavers lost to Defiance 99-47 in the first round of the conference tournament to finish the season.