By John Niswander
Elm Staff Writer
The Shorewomen basketball team finished the season with an overall record of 9-16, and 6-14 in Centennial Conference play under Head Coach Alisha Mosley in her fourth season at Washington College. Coach Mosley was pleased that the team improved their win total from a season ago by six games.
“I was happy with the overall improvement of our team. Out of the top five teams in the conference, we showed that we could compete with all of them. We did not reach our end goal, but we showed that the future is bright for this program. Our freshmen got some valuable experience that will hopefully make them hungrier for next season. We will have some big shoes to fill losing Ali Grundy, but I know we have some talented youngsters that will be up for the challenge,” she said.
One of the freshmen for the Shorewomen this year was point guard Caitlyn Clark, from Media, Pa. Clark played in all 25 games this season, and started in 21. She averaged 6.4 points in roughly 31 minutes per game in her first season of collegiate basketball. Clark gained valuable in-game experience by playing and competing in each game this season, and hopes to keep improving to help her team succeed in the future.
“As a freshmen, I learned how important it is to be vocal on the court. I am not the loudest or most outgoing, but especially being a point guard it is vitally important to communicate with your teammates and talk on offense and defense to be on the same page. I thought this year was a great experience for me as a freshman. I got to play with a lot of my teammates that I will be playing with for the next few years, and also got the chance to play with such an awesome player like Ali Grundy. Having her on the court was a pleasure. Not many people can score like her in the conference. Our team definitely has strong chemistry off the court. We are all great friends and get along very well, and I think that helps translate onto the court. We are going to keep working hard in the offseason, and I believe the results will show in the upcoming years,” she said.
Grundy ended her final season with the team leading the team with 13.6 pointer per game. She started in 25 games, averaging 30.8 minutes per game while shooting 36.7 percent from the floor.
One of the highlights for the Shorewomen this season was winning on the road at Muhlenberg, 66-60 in early January. This win was historic, as it was the first time in program history that the Shorewomen won in Muhlenberg’s home gym. The team hopes to build off of the success of this historic win over one of the top teams in the conference for the future.
“We came back from behind to win the game. It is pretty cool to say that we beat this year’s conference champions, and that we were the first team from WC to win a game in Memorial Hall,” said junior guard Gabby Winsky.
Winsky played in 23 games for the Shorewomen in her junior season, and started in 10 of them. She is focused on improving different aspects of her game in order to have a successful senior season next year with her team.
“I think our main focus is going to be working on our individual skill sets, getting shots up, and looking to create ways to score the ball. In the second half of our season, we struggled to put up big numbers offensively, so finding a way to create offense should be our mindset,” she said.