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DDN: Wright State women’s basketball: Hoffman believes team ready to turn a corner

Kari Hoffman

Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News

Third-year coach Kari Hoffman put together a fundraising golf outing for the women’s basketball program at nearby Beavercreek Golf Club last week, hoping to generate enough money to help her squad take a summer European trip like the men’s team just did.

It turned out to be a major success, drawing 27 foursomes (at $500 a pop) and a slew of sponsors. And a grateful Hoffman stood near the front door of the clubhouse, greeting nearly all of the 100-plus players as they arrived.

Most of the chit-chat was about golf swings and the welcome sunshine, while what she really would have preferred talking about was her team. After 4-19 and 8-24 records (and just six wins in her first 34 games), Hoffman believes the Raiders are poised for a breakthrough season.

“I love our team. They’re competing super hard. They’re getting after it every single day. And they’re a really fun group to be around,” she said.

Hoffman has reason for optimism. The Raiders won six of their last 11 games in 2022-23, including their Horizon League tourney opener.

But the standards at Wright State are high. Ultra-high. The program made three NCAA tourney trips (and notching its first win with an upset of Arkansas) and averaged 23.5 victories from 2013-21.