Western Michigan women’s basketball got a happy surprise as it was announced that Lauren Audino, a 6-2 center from Welland, Ontario, Canada will be an early enrollee for the team and is currently on the roster as her starting point is the spring semester.
Audino will bring some size that the Broncos need in the paint, also despite her age Audino brings a sense of maturity having played for the U15 Ontario team, U16 Canadian National Team and in the shortened season the U17 National team.
During her stretches on the Candian National team, Audino was a critical piece in the 2019 FIBA U16 Women’s Americas Championships where team Canada went home with the silver medal. Audino averaged six points and five rebounds during the tournament, including a 12 point, seven rebound outing in the second game of the tournament against Brazil.
Despite being a critical piece of the puzzle for team Canada, Broncos fans might have to wait a couple weeks to see Audino in action as Covid-19 cut the last season short in Canada and has not resumed play yet. However, head coach Shane Clipfell still feels confident in her role on the team.
“It’s been a long time since she has had any competitive back and forth from a basketball stand point, so to think we can just throw her in and start to see or have any expectations at all, not so much,” Clipfell said, “but what we are counting on for her first is defense and rebounding, which this team needs.”