Three Northeast women’s basketball players move on to four-year schools

June 9th, 2020 | Beth Rogers

NORFOLK, Neb. – Kyla Moore (Norfolk, Neb.), Caitlin Orton (Mills, Neb.) and Emina Hadzihusejnovic (Mostar, Bosnia) recently announced their commitment to continue their academic and athletic careers at four-year schools.

Moore, an NJCAA DI All-American will continue her basketball career at William Penn University, an NAIA school in Oskaloosa, Iowa. William Penn competes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and recently finished the 2020 season with a 25-7 record and a trip to the NAIA DI National Tournament, which was ultimately canceled due to COVID-19. William Penn is coached by Steve Williamson who is entering his fourth season.

Orton, who played both volleyball and basketball at Northeast, committed to play at Hastings College in Hastings, Neb. Hastings competes in the Great Plains Athletic Conference and is coached by former Husker Jina (Johansen) Douglas. The Broncos finished with a 30-3 record and earned a berth to the NAIA DII National Tournament. However, their season was cut short due to COVID-19.

“I am really happy that Caitlin will get an opportunity to play at the next level,” Northeast head women’s basketball coach Matt Svehla said. “Due to a knee injury, Caitlin missed nearly the entire season for us this past year, but I expect that she will be ready to go. She is a player who battles and brings real toughness to the floor at the forward position. Caitlin brings that willingness to do the dirty work that coaches, teammates and fans can appreciate.”

Hadzihusejnovic committed to Regis University, an NCAA DII school in Denver, Colo., who competes in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The Rangers finished with an 11-17 record last season and is coached by Molly Marrin.

“I am really happy for both Kyla and Emina,” Svehla said. “The two of them had good careers at Northeast and I would expect them to be key contributors going forward. Kyla possesses good combo-guard skills that allows her to play the point guard position or the two-guard spot. Emina’s mobility and length are her two strengths. At 6-foot-3, she can play around the basket, but she has the skills to play on the perimeter, as well. Kyla and Emina were both very key in helping our team to a 27-4 record this past season. I wish them the best and really appreciate what they did for our Northeast women’s basketball program.”

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