With the women’s basketball 2015-16 season underway, the Brits are looking to bounce back from a tough loss against John Carroll University earlier this month. The first half of the game was the highlight for the Brits as they scored 14 points in the first two quarters.
“It was a tough loss against John Carroll,” said Macomb, Mich., junior guard Olivia Savage. “We saw how much potential this team truly has and just how good we can be this season. If we play like we did in the first half of that game for the remainder of the season and keep improving, this team will have special outcomes.”
Albion was picked to finish fourth in the MIAA preseason poll, which puts them in a position to be in the playoff tournament. Albion is topped by Trine University, Hope College and nationally ranked Calvin College.
“We have always had a fairly young team, and that can be dangerous but in a good way,” Richland, Mich., senior forward and center Emily DeWaters said. “Teams cannot scout against players they know nothing about. We have an awesome group of freshmen and you can see the potential they have and the team has.”
With 17 players on the roster, Head Coach Doreen Carden explained depth was a key factor this year. “I think the last few years, we didn’t have as many kids that we felt like we could play,” Carden said. “Defensively, we are looking to put more pressure on the other team rather than sitting back. I feel like we’re a lot more athletic as well.”
Seven players are first-year students, which adds to the team’s depth. Carden likes the competition that the first-year class has brought to the team.
This year, the captains of the team are DeWaters, Savage and Lisle, Ill., senior Darian Payne.
The Brits will start conference play when they host Kalamazoo College on Saturday, Dec. 5.
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