Season Preview: Women's Basketball
Arlington, Va. – A familiar face returns to lead the Marymount University women’s basketball team for the 2010-11 campaign. Former Saints standout Ashlee Courter takes the reigns of the program following longtime head coach Bill Finney’s retirement after 27 seasons and over 550 wins.
Marymount enters the 2010-11 season as the defending Capital Athletic Conference Champions. Leading the Saints in their attempt for a record 12th CAC crown is a First Team All-CAC performer in senior guard Amanda Billy as well as fellow senior Maame Amponsah. Billy paced MU in scoring last year with 12.7 points per game while Amponsah is the team’s leading returning rebounder with 6.4 boards a game.
Also back for the Saints are juniors Jackie Bohenek, Shannon Gough and Julie Tomesheski as well as sophomores Jessica Hopkins, Tajia Johnson and Zoe Saulsgiver. Bohenek and Tomesheski look to fill key spots in the post after averaging 4.4 ppg and 3.4 rpg, respectively, a year ago while Gough, Hopkins, Johnson and Saulsgiver will provide depth in the backcourt.
Four newcomers join the squad in an attempt to make and immediate impact. Sophomore Katelyn Fischer transfers in from McDaniel College after finishing last season as the Green Terror’s second-leading scorer at 10.7 ppg while fellow sophomore Katie Hamelin makes the transition over from the Marymount women’s soccer team to the hardwood. Freshmen Chelsea Elliott and Karen Wearden will add size to the guard position.
The Saints open the season against Randolph-Macon at home before hosting the Marymount-Marine Corps Tip-Off Classic. Baruch, Neumann and Redlands will all visit the Verizon Sports Arena for the tournament. Other non-conference foes on the MU slate include The College of New Jersey, Manhattanville, Staten Island, Catholic, Kean and a home-and-home series with Rowan.
Marymount kicks off its league portion of the schedule on the road at CAC newcomer Frostburg State. Other key CAC games include a December 11 trip to rival Mary Washington and a two game homestand in February against Hood and FSU for the WBCA’s Pink Zone initiative.