By Gabrielle Devaud
Elm Staff Writer
The women’s basketball team is full of fresh young players this year. Eight of the 11 players are freshmen, looking to make a huge difference on the court. The Shorewomen return only three players this year. Junior guard Meghan Tait and junior guard/forward Sally O’Donnell are the captains leading the women’s basketball team for the 2010-2011 season.
Tait has full confidence in her young group. “I think this season we will surprise a lot of teams. This young group of girls really wants to win and they have been working really hard to prove that they can help us do that,” she said.
Tait, who also was a captain last season, was named the Shorewomen’s 2010 Most Valuable Player. For her career, Tait has averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.1 assists in 50 games. She led the Centennial Conference in three-point field-goal percentage (39.7 percent) as a freshman and is a career 39.5 percent shooter from beyond the arc.
O’Donnell led the Shorewomen in scoring, averaging 12.9 points per game, and in three-point field goals with 58. She was second on the team in blocked shots with 30 and brought down 5.9 rebounds per game. O’Donnell has averaged 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks in 37 career games at WC. She tied a school record by blocking seven shots against Haverford as a freshman and already ranks sixth in career three-pointers (89) and seventh in career blocks (55) at WC.
Washington’s seven wins in conference play last season were the most by the Shorewomen since the 2000-01 season. With hard work and dedication from this young team Tait says, “I think this year will definitely be a step in the right direction and I am really looking forward to this season.”