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What about next year?

Both the IPFW men's and women's basketball teams made significant improvements over last season's records.

Last year the men won 11 games; this year they won 16.

Last year the women won nine games; this year they won 13.

And next season could be better for both.

Even though the men are losing Frank Gaines and his 19.8 scoring average, they could be better.

The word is that no one could stop 6-foot-9, 280-pound redshirt center Steve Forbes in practice. So pair him with 6-7 forward Joe Reed, and there's a force inside.

Luis Jacobo and Joe Edwards should fill Gaines' spot on the wing, and both could start. Jacobo is the better outside shooter, while Edwards attacks the rim better.

At guard, IPFW is loaded with the return of Kevin Harden, who missed much of the season with a knee injury, and 6-7 outside sniper Michael Kibiloski. Two of the team's best shooters are back in Herbert Graham and redshirt Will Dunn. Unless something dramatic happens, the point guard spot could be shared again by Isaiah McCray and Pierre Bland.

For the women, everyone returns, including Summit League Player of the Year Amanda Hyde.

Hyde led the Summit League in scoring with an 18.6 average, but she also added 4.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game.

Erin Murphy (12.8) was the team's second-leading scorer. Also back will be Stefanie Mauk (7.8) and Rachel Mauk (6.4), as well as point guard Haley Seibert (9.5), who scored 33 points in IPFW's Summit League tournament quarterfinal win over Western Illinois.

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