Last year: 22-9 (9-3 UEC River)
Coach: George Rosner (33rd year, 386-487; 344 wins at Streamwood)
Top returnees: Seniors Sara Cimino (5-6 F), Sukurat Giwa (5-8 F), Holly Foret (5-7 F), Stephanie Caldera (6-2 C), Hannah McGlone (6-0 C); junior Kiana Jeremiah (5-5 G).
Top newcomers: Juniors Rose Miranda (5-5 G), Nathalie Guindon (5-5 F), Andrea Rodriguez (5-7 F), Cayla Hawkins (5-4 G), Amy Hernandez (5-5 F), Addy McMahon (5-9 F), Alexis Hoeffleur (6-0 C); sophomore Rachel Clark (5-5 G); freshman Jenejha Williams (6-2 C).
Outlook: After winning the program's first regional championship in 25 years, the Sabres would like to keep that winning attitude going this season. The loss of top scorers and defenders Jessica Cerda (Chicago State) and Deja Moore (North Central) will be a big void to fill but Rosner, the dean of area girls basketball coaches, is optimistic not only about his returning group but about the potential of 6-2 freshman center Williams, who he says, "is going to be a player." McGlone, a Winona State recruit, averaged 10.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and had 154 blocked shots last season and is one of the more versatile players around. She is currently scheduled to return from injury Dec. 1, so Caldera and Williams will get plenty of experience to start the season. Rosner also believes Foret is ready for a breakout season after starting most of her junior year. "Jess and Deja are not replaceable, you just hope people can pick up part of what they did," Rosner said. "I think we have the pieces to be successful again. Holly has really picked up her game. She's a leader and she can shoot it. And Hannah is an elite player. She was a double-double last year and she had a great summer. I'm seeing a lot of good things and once you're a part of (winning) you want more of it. We've got some size and we've been working on pushing it in practice but if it's not there then we'll pull it back. We might not be able to play the style we did last year. We might be a bit more deliberate but we're still going to look to get it down the floor."