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Phoenix women looks to replace Lukan as practice starts

The Green Bay women's basketball team opened practice for the 2016-17 season and while the Phoenix is aiming for a 19th straight Horizon League title, it needs to replace a key player lost to graduation.

GREEN BAY -- The Green Bay women's basketball team opened practice for the 2016-17 season and while the Phoenix is aiming for a 19th straight Horizon League title, it needs to replace a key player lost to graduation.

Kaili Lukan averaged 9.9 points per game last season and was a defensive stopper for the Phoenix, which made the NCAA tournament, before losing to Tennessee in the first round. Coach Kevin Borseth knows it's a hole he needs to fill.

"Kaili Lukan was really a big piece of our success the last couple of years and it's going to be, in my mind glaring, so it's really going to change the face of how we play considerably, mainly because we used Kaili so much on the offensive category and defense she was such a great player," Borseth said.

One player who will help is junior Jessica Lindstrom, who averaged 10 ppg. last season. Lindstrom knows it'll take multiple players to replace Lukan.

"We can all fill that role, I don't think it's one person that necessarily has to step into that and being like her shadow," Lindstrom said. "I think the whole team can all help together to step up that role."

Green Bay's exhibition season tips off Oct. 29 against UW-Oshkosh and the regular season starts with the Women's NIT on Nov. 11, when Green Bay hosts Elon.

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