Heinen looks to build on solid freshman year
Former Wildcat Allie Heinen logged 394 minutes of experience last season for the Baker University women's basketball program. That experience should come in handy during the 2005-2006 season, especially since the Wildcats were hit hard by graduation.
"This year I'm going to be called on to be more of a scorer," Heinen said. "I'm a sophomore, and I'm expected to do more. Last year I had a pretty easy season. But that won't be the case this season."
If last year was any indication, 2005-2006 could be a breakout year for Heinen. The Bobcats took advantage of senior experience and pounded the ball inside. As she became more competitive, Heinen earned more and more playing time.
Eventually, she became the first player on the team to record a double-double last season. That 13-point, 10-rebound outburst occurred in a Jan. 29 77-60 triumph over Avila. She then outdid herself by scoring 13 points and ripping down 12 caroms in a 69-56 win over Benedictine.
Heinen also led the team in rebounding on four other occasions. She pulled down nine rebounds against Lindenwood, had seven against Missouri Valley, pulled down 12 against Benedictine and then had seven against Graceland.
Heinen worked hard on her game over the summer by playing pickup basketball games at Kansas City, Kan., Community College. She also lifted weights and worked on conditioning.
Heinen said the gym was open to any and all college athletes who wanted to test their skills against other college basketball players.
Although the 6-foot post player had a pretty good freshman season, Heinen went through some growing pains. She not only had to cope with being away from home, but also had to adapt to a new coach and mesh with teammates she knew little about.
"I'm more confident and comfortable this year," Heinen said. "I know what's expected of me and we're all pretty close."