Women's Basketball Season Preview

Women's Basketball Season Preview

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Last season the Washington College women's basketball team made great strides as they tripled their win total and registered its first ever win at Muhlenberg.  This season the Shorewomen look to continue their upward progression and compete for a spot in the Centennial Conference Tournament under fifth-year head coach Alisha Mosley.

The squad will have to overcome the loss of all-conference selection Ali Grundy, who led the Shorewomen in scoring at 13.6 points per game, three-point percentage (38.2%) and steals at 1.2 per contest and was second on the team in assists per game at 2.0.

The 25th edition of Shorewomen Basketball has 12 returnees from last year, a returnee from 2015-16 and four newcomers as they seek to improve on last year's 9-16 overall record and 6-14 conference mark.

Four seniors are back in fold from 2016-17 for 2017-18, forward Brynne Brouse (Slatington, Pa./Parkland), center Kat Moore (Adamstown, Md./Tuscarora), guard Jordan Weir (Washington, D.C./Westtown [Pa.]) and guard Gabby Winsky (Davidsonville, Md./Severn School).  Moore averaged in just 8.1 minutes per game 3.0 points per game and 2.2 rebounds per game in 25 games off the bench a season ago.  Brouse, who played in 23 games as a reserve, averaged 1.8 boards per contest and 1.1 points per game.  Winsky contributed with her defensive prowess in 2016-17 and contributed on offensive with a 2.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, good for third in the Centennial, and shot 100% from the free throw line in 23 games, starting 10 times.  Weir, who averaged 3.5 points per game and had a 1.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in 21 games with 10 starts in 2016-17, will miss her senior season due to injury.  Also back in the mix after a one year hiatus is senior guard Jasmine White (Silver Spring, Md./Paint Branch) who averaged 3.1 points per game in 24 contests for WC two seasons ago.  Last season, White served as a student assistant coach.

Mosley's three juniors on her squad this season in forward/center Kristi Kozlowski (Kingsville, Md./Redeemer Classical Christian School), guard Lex Krahling (Germantown, Md./St. John's College H.S. [D.C.]) and forward Emily Thiemann (Wilmington, Del/Padua Academy).  Thiemann averaged 4.1 points per game and 5.3 rebounds in 25 games, 17 starts, last winter.  She was second on the team on the boards and had a 1.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.  Krahling, who had a 1.6-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, averaged 3.1 points per game in 25 games, five starts, while shooting 93% from the free throw line.  Kozlowski led the team in blocked shots with 26, which was good for eighth in the conference as she played in 24 games, earning eight starts en route to winning the team's Most Improved Player. 

The sophomore class consists of five returnees and one transfer.  The five returnees are guard Caitlyn Clark (Media, Pa./Notre Dame de Namur), guard Samantha Howell (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase), guard Bridget McLaughlin (Newark, Del./Delaware Military Academy), forward Cassidy Quattro (Lansdale, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and sophomore Taylor Samuels (Elkton, Md./Sanford School [Del.]).  Clark, who played in 25 games, 21 starts, was fifth in the Centennial in assists with a team-best 83 and assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.9-to-1.  She also averaged 6.4 points per game as a freshmen.  Quattro led team in rebounding at 7.1 rebounds per game and is the team's top returning scorer at 8.6 points per game.  She was second on the team in blocks with 25 and ranked 10th in the conference.  She was seventh in total boards in the Centennial and was seventh in defensive rebounds with 126.  McLaughlin averaged 6.0 points per game as she played in all 25 games, four starts.  Samuels averaged 3.2 points per game and 1.9 boards in just under 10 minutes of action per game as she shot 100% from the line.  Howell averaged 1.0 points per game in 11 contests.  Joining the team this season is guard Rosie Martin (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo) who transfers to Washington from Centennial Conference rival Muhlenberg.  Martin averaged 2.1 points per game in 12 contests for the Mules last year.

Three freshmen grace the team this season and they are forward Alex Conde (Bronx, N.Y./Lee [Va.]), guard Tay Ramsey (Atlanta, Ga./Chapel Hill) and guard Heather Rohwein (New Windsor, Md./Francis Scott Key).  Conde was named the Team MVP and earned the Coach's Award at Lee (Va.), Ramsey was a three-time all-conference selection at Chapel Hill, twice as a second team pick and once as a first team selection and Rohwein was a second team All-County pick in basketball.

Washington will seek to improve on its offensive production in 2017-18 from a year ago where they averaged 56.6 points per game which was seventh in the conference and sixth in field goal percentage (35.0%).  The Shorewomen will also look to improve their three-point field goal percentage (30.1%) where they finished seventh and offensive rebounding numbers as they were last in the CC at 10.8 per game.

On defense, the Shorewomen were seventh in the conference in points per game allowed at 60.8 and seek to be better at that.  Washington will also aim to get better at rebounding margin which was a -6.5 in 2016-17, second to last.  WC was seventh in the CC last winter in field goal percentage defense at 35.3%, but fourth in three-point field goal defense at 27.8%.  They were one of four schools in the conference last year that yielded under 28% from behind the arc.  

Mosley's staff for the season will consist of assistant coach Jaclyn Oskam and volunteer assistant coaches Jillyn Coleman, Steve Kaneshiki and Karly Oristian.  Coleman, Kaneshiki and Oristian return to the staff for the upcoming season while Oskam joins the staff.  Oskam played collegiately at Quinnipiac and Pace, earning her degree from the latter in 2015.  She was a two-time captain at Pace where she played 82 games in three years, earning 45 starts.  

The Shorewomen will open their 2017-18 season on Friday, November 17 at the Dan Greene Memorial Invitational hosted by St. Mary's (Md.) against fellow Maryland college, Goucher.  The next day, the Shorewomen will play host St. Mary's.  Washington opens its home and Centennial slate on Tuesday, November 21 versus Swarthmore.  Out of conference, Washington will host Immaculata (December 16) and travel to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. for the Cruzin' Classic where they will play Misericordia (December 19) and Kalamazoo (December 20).  The Shorewomen will host reigning conference champion Muhlenberg on January 6 and travel to Muhlenberg on January 27.  The Shorewomen will have 11 home games, 11 road games and three neutral site games.