Junior Jaime Stack, one of the Maple Leafs' most versatile players the past few seasons, could be back in January after rehabbing from injuries suffered in a serious car accident over the summer.
Promising newcomers include 6-2 freshman center Natalie Thomas, a Bethany Christian product; 6-foot Florida native Angela McLean; and Calla Bartlett, all-time leading scorer at Byron High School in Michigan.
What's the key for success for the Maple Leaf women this season?
For Miller, it comes down to defense. "Energy on defense can create opportunities on offense," Miller said.
Bischoff said the Maple Leafs have to continue to work on putting together complete games.
"We had too many games last year where we played a good first half or a good second half," Bischoff said. "You've got to play well for 40 minutes."
Miller said the new players will bring energy, enthusiasm and experience with winning programs. It's going to be a matter of taking that and converting it to the faster, more complex college game.
"When you're building a program, it takes some time to get people on the right page with the direction you're going," Miller said.
"We're going in the right direction."
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