By Andy Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
The Shorewomen are a couple of weeks into a highly anticipated 2014-2015 season are looking to bounce back after going 7-17 last season. The team ended up in eighth place in the Centennial Conference, winning only half of their 12 conference games. The Shorewomen are heading into the new season with four straight losses looming over them from last season. Head coach Alisha Mosley and her thirteen woman roster look to improve from last season. With the attributes this team carries there is a great chance they can do just that.
WC is returning with two seniors, two juniors and two sophomores. The team has a large incoming class of seven incoming freshman this season. The Shorewomen have a lot of experience coming back, returning three starters from last season. Among those three starters, leading scorer from last season, senior guard Emily Hubley looks to provide the team with another year of high productivity. Hubley averaged 11.2 points per game and 2.2 assists per game. Leading the team in both points and assists WC hopes for another big season from Hubley.
The Shorewomen are replacing four forwards from last season. There are many big shoes to fill in the frontcourt. Last season, the team placed first in defensive rebounds and fourth in offensive rebounds in the Centennial Conference. They averaged a total of 42.6 rebounds per game. Luckily, WC’s leading rebounder, junior Carley Kendall, is back for another season. Kendall averaged 5.5 rebounds per game and intends to increase that average this season. Kendall is very excited for the season and is hoping that the teams improvements over the offseason along with the new players will reflect in their results.
“It’s exciting to feel like we are starting fresh, and have the chance to build this team to one that we can be proud of.”
WC is coming into this season with a well experienced backcourt. Joining Hubley in the backcourt is senior Jackie O’Connell, junior Kelly Sugalski, and sophomores Ali Grundy and Daniela Falcone. This year’s backcourt looks to have a productive season from both the scoring and passing side. Coach Alisha Mosley recognizes this and said “We are smaller this season at the post position but more versatile and have added more scoring threats at the guard position.”
The incoming freshman class wants to make an impact on the team’s success this season. Three freshman are joining the backcourt and four are joining the frontcourt. Many of them will see quality minutes this season. “Freshmen are getting better each day. We will look to them a lot this season. The incoming freshmen class has done everything we have asked of them so far, and I expect some of them to have meaningful roles this season.” Mosley said.
With so many new faces on the team, everyone has to learn each others’ strengths.
“We’re learning each other’s strengths and weaknesses and have been working together to get better as a team so that we will be ready for our first game,” Sugalski said.
Adding to Sugalski, Kendall stated, “The hardest part is just knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses but that will come with experience.”
Expectations are very high for this season. All eyes are on victories and to get into the Centennial Conference tournament, despite going up against heavyweights such as Haverford and McDaniel.
“With such a young team, our goal will still be to make it to the conference tournament,” Mosely said.
Conference play will be a tough battle for the Shorewomen after struggling to score in conference play last season as they finished with the second least amount of points.
“Our expectations for the team this year is to double our wins from last season. We want to come out on top when it comes down to close games and fight until the end. We need to take last season, put it behind us, and get better from it,” said freshman Raley Hinton.
The Shorewomen will open up their season at Ramapo College as they will participate in the Roadrunner Tip-Off Tournament on Nov. 15. WC will play their first game against Brooklyn. Their last game of the tournament will be played against either Ramapo or St. Josephs. Following the Roadrunner Tip-Off, WC heads to Stevenson on Nov. 19. Their home opener will be held on Nov. 22 against CCNY. Conference play will begin with a home matchup on Dec. 2 against Haverford. With six returning players and seven incoming freshman, this Shorewomen team has just the perfect balance. It will be interesting to see how the team does with so many new faces but still so much experience.