CHESTERTOWN, Md. — Last season the Washington College women's basketball team finished strong by winning its final two games and are hoping to use that as a springboard for the 2019-20 season as the Shorewomen compete for a spot in the Centennial Conference Tournament under seventh-year head coach Alisha Mosley.
The 2019-20 edition of Shorewomen Basketball has 11 returning players from last year and five newcomers as they seek to improve on last year's 9-16 overall record and 6-14 conference mark, which were improvements of three wins and two victories respectively from 2017-18.
For the Shorewomen to get into the upper half of the conference, the team will need to improve on its offensive production. A year ago they were ninth in the Centennial in points per game (53.8), eighth in field goal percentage (34.8%) and seventh in three-point field goal percentage (27.5%). From the free throw line last season, the Shorewomen regressed as they went from second in the conference in 2017-18 at 72% to eighth in the conference at 65.3%. The Shorewomen did improve their offensive totals last season as they scored 0.5 more points per game, shot 2.4% better from the floor and improved 3.9% from three-point range, but to get where they want to be they will need to improve on these numbers.
In rebounding, the team was fourth in the CC in total rebounds per game at 40.9, sixth in offensive rebounds per contest (13.0) and third in defensive boards per game (27.9).
On defense, the Shorewomen were fourth in the conference in points per game allowed at 54.5 as they allowed 4.9 points less per game than the year prior and they also improved their rebounding margin as they went from 1.1 in 2017-18 to 1.5 last winter, as the 1.5 was sixth in the conference. WC was second in the CC last winter in field goal percentage defense at 33.4%, a 2.8% improvement from the prior season, and third in three-point field goal defense at 27.3%, an improvement of 3.3%.
Mosley's six seniors on her team this season are guard Caitlyn Clark (Media, Pa./Notre Dame de Namur), forward Samantha Howell (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase), guard Rosie Martin (Wyckoff, N.J./Ramapo), guard Bridget McLaughlin (Newark, Del./Delaware Military Academy), forward Cassidy Quattro (Lansdale, Pa./Hatboro-Horsham) and forward Taylor Samuels (Elkton, Md./Sanford School [Del.]). McLaughlin, an All-Centennial Conference honorable mention selection and the team's Most Valuable Player last winter, led the team in scoring at 8.9 points per game and added 3.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per contest as she started in all 25 games. Clark led the team in assists per game (3.4), steals per game (1.7) as she averaged 6.5 points per game and 4.4 boards per contest. In the conference, she was fourth in assists (84), sixth in steals (43) and eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0) as she started in all 25 contests. Quattro was second on the team in scoring at 7.9 points per game and hauled down 4.8 rebounds per contest as she is the leading returner on the boards. The senior averaged just under a block per game at 0.9 per contest. Samuels in 25 games off the bench last season averaged 3.1 points and rebounds per contest. Martin averaged 1.7 points per game and 1.3 rebounds per contest in 24 games and 10 starts. Howell played in a career-best 12 game last winter averaging just under a rebound per contest.
The junior class has one player for 2019-20 and that is newcomer Gemma Mochi (New Market, Pa./Home School). Mochi played previous at Division II programs Georgian Court in 2017-18 and Shepherd in 2018-19. At Shepherd last winter she averaged 1.4 points per game and 1.0 rebounds per contest in 18 games.
Five sophomores will represent the team this year and they are guard Jess Giblin (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park), Emily Helms (Springfield, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara), Crystal Jones (Silver Spring, Md./Wheaton), Olivia Levin (Cape May, N.J./Lower Cape May Regional), and Madeline Williams (Oxford, Pa./Oxford Area).
Williams had the best assist-to-turnover ratio in the conference at 2.6-to-1 overall and in conference-only games at 2.9-to-1 as she played in all 25 games and earned 14 starting assignments. Williams averaged 2.5 boards per game and scored 1.4 per night. Helms, who competed in 22 contests last season, averaged 2.6 points per game and drained 36.7% of her three-point attempts as 18 of her 19 field goals last year were three-pointers. Giblin averaged 1.2 points per game and 1.0 boards per contest in 23 games off the bench in 2018-19. Jones in 21 games last season made 46.7% from three-point range as she averaged 1.8 points per contest. Levin averaged 2.8 points per game in 12 contests last year and was named to the Nonno Alby's All-Tournament Team at Alvernia last November as she canned 50% of her three-point attempts.
The freshmen on the 27th edition of Shorewomen Basketball are Emilee Cramer (Ottsville, Pa./Pennridge), Lizzie Hudock (Salem, N.J./Salem), Andrea Prestianne (Kennett Square, Pa./Kennett) and Joy Sanders (Baltimore, Md./Cristo Rey Jesuit).
Mosley's staff for the season will consist of assistant coach Jaclyn Oskam, volunteer assistant coaches Jillyn Coleman and Steve Kaneshiki and student assistant coach sophomore Katie Spae. Coleman is on the staff for the sixth season, Oskam is back for her third year, Kaneshiki is serving in his fourth stint with the team, while Spae is part of the staff for her first campaign.
Total Games: 25 (12 home, 11 away, two neutral)
Season and Home Opener: November 9 vs. Immaculata (2:00 p.m.)
Away Opener: November 13 at Notre Dame (Md.) (7:00 p.m.)
Centennial Home Opener: November 16 vs. Muhlenberg (2:00 p.m.)
Centennial Away Opener: November 21 at Ursinus (7:00 p.m.)
Centennial Home Opponents: Muhlenberg, Bryn Mawr (12/4), Franklin & Marshall (12/7), Swarthmore (1/7), Johns Hopkins (1/11), McDaniel (1/15), Dickinson (1/25), Haverford (2/6), Ursinus (2/12), Gettysburg (2/15)
Centennial Away Opponents: Ursinus, Swarthmore (11/26), Muhlenberg (1/4), Haverford (1/9), Gettysburg (1/18), Bryn Mawr (1/22), Franklin & Marshall (2/1), Johns Hopkins (2/4), McDaniel (2/19), Dickinson (2/22)
Non-Conference Home Opponent: Immaculata, Delaware Valley (11/19)
Non-Conference Away Opponents: Notre Dame (Md.) (11/13)
Non-Conference Neutral Opponents: Eastern Connecticut * (12/16), Widener * (12/17)
Exhibition Opponent: Wilmington (Del.) (11/5) – Does not count in standings
NCAA Tournament Teams: Gettysburg, Haverford, Johns Hopkins
* - HoopMIA D3 Holiday Shootout in Miami, Fla.