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UGF Lady Argo Nneka Nnadi Steps Up to Help Women's Basketball Team

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No More All-American Lindsay Abramson and no more Darah-Huertas Vining. It wasn't easy for the Lady Argos to lose two of their top three scorers from last year's cinderella season. But that's where Nneka Nnadi has answered the call.

"We didn't really know how the pieces were going to fit," says Sr. Point Guard Erin Legel. "our tema is coming together. Whitney is taking in the rebounding that Lindsay had and also putting up points. And Nneka is becoming the distributor and the scorer that Lindsay was and it's just awesome."

It seems like nobody can stop the reigning 6th Player of the year. Nneka is the number one scorer on the team and in the Frontier Conference. Last season Nneka was barely in the top 20, but all it took was experience at the National Tournament for Nneka to find a new sense of confidence.

"Being at the national tournament was amazing," says Nnadi. "playing against some of the top players in the country has definitely improved my game. I think just carrying that over to this year, has helped me a lot."

"The Elite 8 was a special time for all of us," says head coach Bill Himmelberg. "She got to see the level of play but she also got to see she could compete with any girl out there at our level. That gave her the confidence and the encouragement to s pend some time over the summer, putting in some extra time."

Nneka has made the most out of her new starting role in a lineup full of talented scorers. All five starters are averaging double-figures led by Nneka's 17.83 points per game....which is a near seven point increase from her season average last year. Her improvement has turned her into the team's go-to scorer.

"We know she can go get a basket anytime we need one," says Himmelberg. "Last year that was Darah for us. If we needed a basket, Darah would go get one for us. And this year if we need one, we know Nneka can go get one for us. It really takes the pressure off Erin quite a bit and it's allowed Whitney to be able to grow as a player also."

"I have to step up as a leader," says Nneka. "Knowing that we lost some talent last year and also Darah's injury, I definitely knew that I had to come in and just get it going right away."

Nneka's stepping up has allowed the entire team to get it going. The best part is that she's only in the middle of her Junior year. Nneka still has lots of room to keep improving so that she can continue to be there when her teammates need her to score.

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