The KCAC coaches and media have low expectations for the McPherson College women’s basketball team.
But not first-year coach Cy Rolfs.
Rolfs has returned to his alma mater to take over for Shelly Prescott after a 6-21 season, 3-15 in the KCAC.
With not a lot of time to recruit, plus the fact several players with eligibility chose not to return, Rolfs currently is working with a roster of 11, with a couple of additions still to come after the soccer and volleyball seasons.
Rolfs, though, is not deterred, even though his team was picked last in the two KCAC polls.
“The girls are working very hard and the chemistry has clicked,” Rolfs said. “We expect to be competitive and in every game.”
The Bulldogs open their season tonight at Peru State, Neb., with tip time 6 p.m.
Rolfs is sending out a lineup that includes returning starting guards Kristen Ozbun and Brooke Weisenburger, returning letterman Jacee Coberly, and transfers Whitney Slater and Elice Frey, who at 5-11 is the only available player taller than 5-9.
“We don’t have a lot of size or depth inside,” Rolfs said.
Early off the bench will be returnees Brooke Sloan, Brandi Florian  and newcomer Madison Chambers.
Rolfs expects Ozbun and Weisenburger to provide a lot of firepower, as they should be the equal to most backcourts. Ozbun has been one of the better Mac players in school history, while Weisenbtrger at times can shoot the lights out.
Another player to watch is transfer Sierra Gillespie, but she’s currently out with a concussion.
Following tonight’s game, the Bulldogs take on their alumni at 6 p.m. Saturday.