Womens Basketball

Cardinals Look to Continue Resurgence Established in 2011-12 as 2012-13 Campaign Unfolds

The 2011-12 Wesleyan women’s basketball season was one of resurgence, as a trio of committed seniors led the team to a 14-9 record and a return to the NESCAC conference tournament after a one-year hiatus.  Leading scorer and rebounder Eileen Gaffney '12, the versatile Emily Lippe '12, and team captain Sam LaCroce '12 (second in scoring and rebounding) were determined to reestablish the Cardinals as a team to be reckoned with in their final year with the program.  With signature non-conference road wins at NYU and Emmanuel, a gutsy road win at Trinity, a conference and in-state rival, as well as key victories at home against conference opponents Bates, Middlebury, Hamilton and Connecticut College, the  Cardinals announced that they are back in the hunt.  As the team looks ahead to the 2012-13 campaign, it will be a lone senior Kendra Harris '13 (#35, photo) and a trio of experienced juniors who will provide leadership to a talented young team that is looking to climb the conference standings.

The frontcourt will be led by Harris, a strong presence in the lane who is almost unstoppable when she gets the ball in her spots.  She will team with returners Jess Cherenza ’15 and Cherkira Lashley ’15 as well as Carly Finnison ’16, Kaley Williams ‘16 and Naomi Oyakhilome ’16 to provide an inside threat and control of the boards.  The frontcourt will be bolstered in the second semester by the return from abroad of Sarah Doelger ’15, who plays both guard and forward. The backcourt is a deep and talented mix of juniors, sophomores and first-years, led by Jenna Klaes ’14, KellyAnn Rooney ’14, and Amber Wessells ’14.  This junior trio plays as hard as anyone in the league, and as both a unit and individuals, they play tenacious and relentless defense.  Sophomores Dreisen Heath ’15 and Miller Hartsoe ‘15 are talented offensive players who embrace the Cardinal commitment to tough defense. First-year Jackie Brown ’16, an outside threat with a well-rounded game, completes the backcourt picture.

It is this group that Head Coach Kate Mullen will lead onto the court for the first time on November 16 at the St. Joseph (CT) Tip-Off Tournament.  Other highlights of the schedule include Wesleyan’s own Courtyard by Marriott tournament in the first semester, Little Three games against longtime rivals Amherst and Williams, the always challenging NESCAC conference schedule, and the end of season NESCAC tournament.  To a person the Cardinals are excited and optimistic about the season ahead of them, and will be ready to go hard on November 1 when the season officially begins.